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Sunday 21 September 2014

Kellie coasts into last eight of Voice

JOE LEOGUE

Published 22/03/2014 | 00:00

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Kellie Lewis.

KELLIE Lewis remains the bookies' favourite to win The Voice of Ireland, after the Kilbehenny singer's successful appearance in the RTE show on Sunday secured her place in the contest's quarter finals.

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Kellie received the highest score of Delores O'Riordan's three acts from the judges and thus avoided elimination.

Her performance of Birdy's "Wings", however, drew mixed responses from the judges.

"You looked so comfortable, but I didn't love it. The yodelling was too much, I wanted it to stop," Jamelia told her, while Bressie said her contribution "wasn't mind blowing."

However ex-Westlife star Kian Egan was full of praise for Kellie.

"Performance of the night so far. Everything negative we said about everyone else, you answered it. I felt the song. It wasn't perfection but it was a 9," he said.

Former Cranberries front-woman Delores O'Riordan said that her protégé was "brilliant."

Bookmakers Boylesports say Kellie remains the favourite despite the judges' reservations.

"Kellie Lewis, although getting mixed reactions from the coaches, remains the favourite to win at 6/4 and is continuing to receive support from punters."

"Brendan McCahey is also a favourite with punters and his 7/1 price has been snapped up following his performance at the weekend," Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at Boylesports, said.

Newcomer Dolores is 6/5 to become the winning coach in her first year, whilst Kian Egan is available at 11/5. Bressie is priced at 3/1 but it is last year's winning coach Jamelia who is bottom of the betting at 6/1.

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