'A natural talent' beats off stiff competition to claim The Voice of Ireland crown
After weeks of blind auditions, battles and live shows, there could be only one winner to RTE's Voice of Ireland tonight.
Michael Lawson was ultimately crowned the champion, belting out Superman by Five for Fighting and Lukas Graham's 7 Years to seal the deal.
"People like you deserve to win because you are a natural talent and they don’t come along very often," coach Bressie told him after his final performance.
And the other judges were equally impressed with Una Foden saying: "I could listen to you all day".
Three other solid contenders battled against Michael in the finale of the singing competition.
Our final fab four opened the Grand Final opened with an amazing rendition of Take That’s These Days.
Athboy man Nigel Connell (42) from Athboy sang The One by Dublin’s Kodaline and The Wings’ track Live and Let Die.
"You have been such a pleasure to work with, you live music and you were born to be a performer," gushed Una.
Finglas girl Laura O’Connor performed Lush Life by Zara Larsson and Yours by Ella Henderson.
Coach Rachel said: "It’s so great to see you believing in yourself, you have taken the knocks and come back, you are a little pop star."
Kian Egan's contender and childhood friend Kelesa Mulcahy was last to line up on the stage.
"The women of Ireland need to get behind her to show mums can do it," Kian said after her rendition of Sax by Fleur East.
"I am voting myself I have never wanted it so bad for someone else in my whole life."
Alas it was not to be.
While the votes were being counted, Nicky Byrne performed his Eurovision track Sunlight.