Painful end to Voice journey for Wicklow student Thomas
It was cruel irony last Sunday as the advancement of one Wicklow man in this year's 'The Voice of Ireland' competition came at the expense of another.
Wicklow town's Thomas Kinney – a sixth year student at Colaiste Chill Mhantáin – was knocked out of the competition in a three-way battle which saw Bray-based Peter Whitford advance to the live rounds.
Although Thomas was pleased with the 'contemporary' choice of the song 'Break Even' by The Script, he said that having to sing as part of a trio was challenging.
'I think the trio was a really bad idea. It's really hard for an artist to show off their style with three people,' he said. 'With two people it's hard enough, but with three it's almost impossible.
'I was almost crying when I came off stage,' he recalled of the painful moment when he found out that his journey on the show had come to an end.
Thomas was introduced to the nation on January 12, when his blind audition, singing Elvis Presley's 'Can't Help Falling In Love', was broadcast. He – like fellow Wicklow hopefuls Peter Whitford and John Hogan Junior – selected Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries to be his mentor, and although bitterly disappointed with how it ended, he says he thoroughly enjoyed his experience on the show up until that point. 'It's been amazing,' he said. 'All the other contestants were just like family.'
Before entering the show, Thomas took the route which has seen an increasing number of aspiring musicians attain fame by posting videos onto YouTube and Vimeo, a plan he intends to continue in a bid to make his name in the music business.
'I want to be in the music industry if not "The Voice",' he said.
He concluded by thanking his mum for all the support she has offered him through the last number of weeks, as well as everyone else who has supported him along the way.