Voice of Ireland winner Michael leaves victory after party early - to save his voice
The winner of The Voice Of Ireland winner Michael Lawson ditched the booze during the competition to ensure his voice was in tip-top condition.
The 19-year-old student even left his own after-party at 37 Dawson Street early as he wanted to be fresh for his big week ahead.
“There was a party at the end, but I left early because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to talk today,” he said.
“To be honest, I haven’t even been drinking a lot from when the competition began in January as I wanted to be in my best form.”
A section of the popular Dublin venue was cordoned off so the Voice stars could enjoy themselves with their families and friends.
Attendees included Kathryn Thomas, who was there with boyfriend Padraig McLaughlin, and Eoghan McDermott, who brought other half Jo Archbold.
Show mentor Kian Egan was there with his wife Jodi Albert while Una Healy and Rachel Stevens also popped their heads in for a while.
Niall Breslin was naturally keen to celebrate after his act won the show, making him Bressie's third winner.
Michael said that his big win still hasn’t sunk in yet. as he comes to grips with being the latest victor in the RTE programme.
The talented croonersinger was voted the overall winner of the hit show after surviving a gruelling few weeks on the programme.
“I’m still replaying the moment in my head, where they called out my name. I still can’t believe it.
“It was really overwhelming, standing on the stage as they called the results out. I don’t think it registered straight away,” Michael said.
“Everyone was getting picked off one by one and my nerves were just going.
“But for the performance itself, I managed to hold it together quite well.”
As well as winning a recording contract with Universal Music, his song cover of Danish band Lukas Graham’s song 7 Years was also released immediately on iTunes on Sunday night.
Michael said he has no idea what the future holds in store for him, but he hopes that it’s working in the music industry.
The Monaghan native, who works in a meat-packing factory in Clones, said his employers had been “really supportive” in giving him time off to pursue his dreams of singing.
“They were the reason I was able to enter The Voice in the first place, because they gave me the time off and were just amazing,” he said.
“But music is my passion and that’s what I hope to do long-term.”
Last night saw Michael’s proud family and friends in Clones throw a party in his honour as they toasted his victory.
Mentored by Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin, he has become the Mullingar native’s third winner of the contest.
Michael has now been installed as the favourite to top the Irish charts with his new release as he makes the most of his recent success.