Nollaig finds her Voice

'The only thing I could control was my own performance, so I went for it'

BILL BROWNE

Published 15/03/2012 | 09:13

BUTTEVANT girl Nollaig O'connor last Sunday night proved to the country that she has got what it takes to become Ireland's next singing sensation.

The 22-year-od UCC student swept into the next round of the Voice of Ireland talent competition – impressing judges and the voting public with her version of the Florence and the Machine hit Shake It Up. The performance also impressed the bookies with Paddy Power slashing the odds on Nollaig winning the competition outright to 8/1 following last Sunday night's show. THE Dog Days are not over just yet for Buttevant girl Nollaig O'connor who last Sunday night swept into the next round of the Voice of Ireland talent show.

The 22-year-old UCC student was in cracking form as she belted out her own version of the Florence and the Machine hit Shake It Up- receiving a rousing reception from the studio audience. The judges were also suitably impressed, with Bressie describing the performance as the best to date, while Kian Egan said, "you lost yourself – well done".

More importantly the performance also hit the right note with the live TV audience who voted for her to go forward to the next round of the show.

Speaking to The Corkman Nollaig said that she has become more relaxed about performing in front of a live studio audience as the show has progressed.

"The nerves have defiantly calmed down and I'm really beginning to enjoy the whole experience. I was a bit anxious about how last Sunday would go, as it was a tough song. There was no point in trying to be Florence, so I gave the song my own treatment and it worked," beamed Nollaig.

"My mentor, Sharon Corr, has also been amazing. Before I went on last Sunday she said to me that no one could control the show or the audience. She said the only thing I could control was my own performance, so I went for it," she laughed.

Nollaig did however admit that lining up on stage as the results of the live vote came in did set the nerves jangling a little bit.

"It was a huge relief to hear my name called out and to know that I would not be among the last two for the final shake up. I have already chosen my song for the next round, an old-fashioned tune that I hope will show off the diversity and range of my voice," she added.

Nolliag admitted that she has been taken aback by the sheer level of support she has received, particularly in her hometown of Buttevant.

"My uncle owns a pub in the town and he said the atmosphere on the night was like an All-ireland final. When my name was called out the place went mad. Hopefully there will be plenty more Sunday nights like that to come," she added.

Nolliag will sing again live on our TV screens on Sunday, March 25.

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