Voice: Close call for Shannon
IT was a close run thing, but Shannon Murphy is still flying the flag for North Cork after making it through to the last 10 of the Voice of Ireland talent competition.
The bubbly Castletownroche teenager took it right to the wire on last Sunday night's live show - only making it through to the next round after a dramatic vote-off that had the TV audience on the edge of their seats.
Her version of AC/DCs 'You Shook Me All Night Long' , which was selected by her mentor Bressie, was arguably her poorest showing on the show so far, something that was reflected by comments from the other three coaches and the voting public.
"Jamelia, Kian and Sharon all agreed the song did not suit my voice and style, and that I would be better off singing less rockier numbers in order to show of my voice," Shannon told The Corkman.
Their comments clearly resonated with the TV audience, leaving Shannon in a nail-biting four way vote-off for the right to progress into the next round of the competition.
In a dramatic twist, Shannon was given the nod after she secured the most public votes of the four facing elimination - her stunned reaction when presenter Kathryn Thomas read out the result telling its own story.
"It an awful experience. The vote-off only took a couple of minutes, but it felt like hours. The pressure onstage when you are staring down the barrel of elimination is immense," Shannon admitted.
"To be honest, I was completely overwhelmed for an hour after the show. You always know that you are only as good as your last performance, but nothing could possibly prepare you for being under the spotlight like that," she added.
Shannon said that she is not in a position to reveal what song she will be performing when she takes to the stage of the Helix on April 14.
"I can say that it is a less rock oriented number that will be more suited to my voice. Bressie and I have taken on board the comments of the other coaches and as a result I will be sticking to what I do best," said Shannon.
"There is no doubt but that I got a good kick up the backside last Sunday and do not want to find myself in that position again. That said, whatever happens now I have made it to the last 10, which was more than I would have ever hoped for at the start of the competition," she added.
This Sunday, competition favourite Keith Hanley from Charleville and Fermoy's Kelly Mongan will sing live for the right to join Shannon in the next round.