Thursday 23 November 2017

I wouldn’t audition for The Voice, says Bressie

Bressie during a recording of The Voice of Ireland in The Helix
Bressie during a recording of The Voice of Ireland in The Helix

Sharon McGowan

He’s been a coach on the Voice of Ireland for the past five years, but Bressie has admitted he would never audition for the show because he would be too nervous.

The singer-turned-talent show judge (34) has a wealth of experience performing in front of big audiences, but said he wouldn’t be able to muster up the courage to take part in the blind auditions.

“I’m actually quite good on stage, I feel most calm there. But that’s a different environment – four people with their backs turned to you, 200 people in the crowd along with the heat and the lights,” he told the Herald. “I would find that really difficult. That’s not natural.”

The Mullingar man stepped out yesterday with fellow judges Una Foden, Kian Egan and Rachel Stevens as filming for the fifth series of the hit RTE show kicked off at the Helix.

Now based in Northampton with her English rugby star husband Ben Foden (30) and their two children Aoife Belle (3) and baby Tadhg, Una (34)said she was delighted to be back on home soil.

After a tough few weeks with eight-month-old Tadhg battling a nasty infection from catching chickenpox, the Thurles native said she’s happy to have her family around her as the tot recovers.

“Tadhg was in hospital a few weeks ago. My mum is a nurse so I know he’s in the best hands possible and home in Tipperary is the best place for him to be, because my dad’s a doctor as well,” Una said.

It’s also been a turbulent few weeks for fellow judge and mother Rachel Stevens (37) after she faced an online backlash when she was pictured leaving her daughters Amelia (4) and Minnie (1) unattended in her car for 10 minutes while she stopped at a shop.

“Parenting choices spark loads of debate and this  certainly did. As a parent I would never ever put my children at any harm or risk,” she explained.

“You do the best for your kids and that’s it, you just want to keep them safe.”


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