Tuesday 27 January 2015

'You're a dude... my brain is destroyed' - The Voice's Dolores O'Riordan after the 'male Katherine Jenkins' sings

Contestant Stephen Rixon sang Evanescence hit 'Wake Me Up' - and judges were shocked when they turned around

Published 09/02/2014 | 19:16

Dolores O'Riordan after seeing contestant Stephen Rixon following his performance on RTE's The Voice of Ireland
Contestant Stephen Rixon during his blind audition on RTE's The Voice of Ireland
Kian Egan appears to grimace during Stephen Rixon's blind audition on RTE's The Voice of Ireland
Jamelia listens to Stephen Rixon's blind audition on RTE's The Voice of Ireland
Dolores O'Riordan lands her man on RTE's The Voice of Ireland after contestant Peter Whitford opted to join her team Pic: RTE
Bressie grimaces during the performance by Stephen Rixon on RTE's The Voice of Ireland Pic: RTE
Singer Peter Whitford on RTE's The Voice of Ireland where he sang Spice Girls song 'Viva Forever' with all four chairs turning around for him Pic: RTE
Voice of Ireland contestant Peter Whitford on RTE's The Voice of Ireland Pic: RTE
Kian Egan fights to land Peter Whitford for his team on RTE's The Voice of Ireland Pic: RTE
Recording for series three of the Voice of Ireland kicked off this weekend in Dublin's Helix Theatre

Singer Stephen Rixon might not have got the desired response on RTE's 'The Voice of Ireland' - but he certainly left a lasting impression.

Viewers saw him tell host Eoghan McDermott that he was like a 'male Katherine Jenkins'.

And he accepted that the coaches would get a "shock" when they saw it was a man singing the song.

He then took to the stage to sing Evanescence hit 'Wake Me Up' - a song known for it's impossibly high notes.

The judges didn't turn their chairs - instead a number of them were seen grimacing as Stephen attempted to hit the high notes.

When the song finished, and the mentors turned around, they were surprised.

"You're a dude... my brain is destroyed altogether," Dolores exclaimed.

Kian expressed amazement that he hit the high notes.

On the other hand, Bressie said: "When you hit those high notes, I suspect all dogs across north Dublin came running down to the Helix.

"Take it up seriously and come back next year," he suggested.

Earlier in the show, we saw Peter Whitford sing a Spice Girls song to gain a place in the next round.

'Viva Forever' will never be hailed a classic by music critics - perhaps a classic for Spice Girls fans, but nothing more.

So it was brave for Voice of Ireland contestant to Peter Whitford to use it as his song for RTE series 'The Voice of Ireland'.

And the gamble worked - with all four judges turning around for him.

His alternative take on the song was lapped up by Dolores O'Riordan.

"I loved it. Very unique. It really was lovely. You have massive potential. You could do something on a global scale with that voice," she said.

Kian Egan was equally impressed, telling Peter he has what it takes to win the show and could go all the way.

Eventually, Peter opted for Dolores before running backstage where his proud mam was waiting in the wings.

Whether he goes all the way remains to be seen - but hats off for getting through to the next round with such a brave song choice.

Peter's addition to her team means Dolores has all her ten contestants selected.

Jamelia, Bressie and Kian continue to duke it out.


Irish Independent

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