'IT'S like there's an artist being born in front of us,' was how judge Cian Egan described Gorey singer Kiera Byrne following her performance on 'The Voice of Ireland' on Sunday night.
Delighted Kiera was the first of Bressie's team to be told she is through to the next round of the competition. 'I'm absolutely over the moon. I can't believe it,' she said. 'I'm ecstatic.'
'I was so in my element,' said Kiera of her performance on live television. 'I really felt right at home up there on stage. That's why I need the votes. I want to do it for the rest of my life. It felt really natural and I loved it.'
'I was just gobsmacked by the judges' comments,' she added. 'I need everyone to keep voting for me or else I can't stay in the competition.' Supporters can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
She thanked all the local businesses and individuals who have shown their support, and also thanked her promotion team who have 'been amazing'.
'I'm getting up there and singing my heart out, and I really need to get my county behind me,' she said.
Her powering performance of 'Titanium' by David Guetta won over the judges and the audience on the night, and has also attracted rave reviews on shows such as 2fm's Tubridy show.
'It's not an easy song to sing, especially when you're rehearsing it all week, and up to all hours in rehearsals,' said Kiera. She thanked everyone who picked up the phone and voted for her on Sunday night, and urged everyone to keep supporting her, as every vote counts as the competition progresses.
Her performance was greeted with universal enthusiasm on the night, with presenter Kathryn Thomas saying it 'sounded amazing.' Brian Kennedy said she had 'vocals of steel', saying he loved her energy and her passion. 'It was a brilliant performance,' he said.
Sharon Corr was equally full of praise. 'You're like a butterfly. This is your time in the sun. Never, ever, doubt yourself. That was incredible,' she said.
'You're like this new star on the stage,' added Cian Egan. 'It's like something has really born in you. Such a great performance, It's like there's an artist being born in front of us. Absolutely superb. Well done.'
Kiera takes a break next Sunday, as Cian and Sharon's acts go in front of the cameras, but she's back on stage in two weeks' time, and is hoping everyone will continue to vote for her.