Sunday 17 December 2017

'I got really annoyed and just couldn't let it go' - Una Foden reveals she got revenge for Bressie bust-up on The Voice

Una Foden is not impressed by Bressie's comments
Una Foden is not impressed by Bressie's comments
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Una Foden has revealed she got revenge on Bressie for his comments regarding her song choice for two contestants on The Voice of Ireland on Sunday.

Bressie criticised Una's choice of song for contestants Mags White from Cork and Daniel O'Donnell's drummer Nigel Connell from Meath and accused her of favouritism.

The 34-year old The Saturdays singer pitted Mags and Nigel against each other for the second time - singing John Newman's 2013 hit Love Me Again.

After the performance Bressie said, "It was a good arrangement of that song but it definitely suited you more Nigel.

"It's a male vocal really and it's in that particular register you can break your voice up and get raspy.

"That one one hand isn't massively fair when a singer can't sing in the register where they're strongest."

Speaking to Breakfast Republic on 2FM, una said she was "so annoyed".

"You could see the real feisty side came out in me.  He basically accused me of being unfair.  I, as a coach, believe I chose a great song for both of them to showcase how great they both were and it was up to them on the night then to battle it out," she said.

"I got really annoyed with him and I just couldn't let it go.  I did get him back so I think it's maybe on this week or next week's show that you'll see that, in my eyes, he chose quite an unfair song and I took a swipe at him."

Una admitted that the atmosphere is very different between the coaches backstage and on the show.

"I think when you're sitting in that red chair the heat rises out of the chair into your body," she said.

"It's incredible.  It's so different backstage, it's all 'how are you doing?' and all that chit chat, but when the show is on and you're in the chair you're so proud of your team and if anyone criticises them one bit you take it really personally."

Una went on to defend her song choice saying that both contestants "loved that song and they really enjoyed it".

"There are times when you do choose a song and you try it a few times and they just hate it and you go back to the drawing board and find another song but in that instance they loved it so there was no question about it being unfair," she argued.

Una also revealed her solo album will be laid down in the next couple of months and admitted it's a nerve-wracking prospect.

"Of course it's nerve-wracking, the thought of bringing any music out for anyone... It's such a tough industry for everyone but it's something I used to do before I was ever in a band," she said.

"I was going around, a struggling singer/songwriter, playing in every little bar and pub that would have me, a hotel lobby, and I did that kind of thing for a long time, just me and the guitar kind of thing.

"In a way it was nerve-wracking for me to go into a band then have to go up on the stage, dancing around.  That was scary at the time."

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