Saturday 17 November 2018

Dundalk singer in 'Voice' comeback

Maria Christian
Maria Christian

Olivia Ryan

A Dundalk woman who represented Ireland in the Eurovision song contest over 30 years ago is set to appear on the new series of 'The Voice'.

Maria Christian-Cuche brought Ireland to sixth place at the Eurovision in 1985 when she was the opening act in Gothenburg, Sweden, with her song 'Wait Until The Weekend Comes'.

After her international debut, the Dundalk native disappeared from the limelight for a time when she moved to France with her husband, and became a mum to seven children.

Maria, who has been 95% blind since she was 9 years old, devoted her life to raising her five daughters Shannon, Stéphanie, Tara, Molly and Emma, and two sons Emmanuel and Brian.

But her 1985 hit continued to be a memorable and favourite song on the Eurovision circuit.

'Wait Until The Weekend Comes' had in fact been composed by Brendan Graham, the man behind two Irish Eurovision winners - 'Rock-n-Roll Kids' (1994) and 'The Voice' (1996) and also the Josh Groban and Westlife hit song 'You Raise Me Up'.

Now, over 30 years later, Maria Christian is set to audition on the Voice of Ireland, thanks to her children who put her forward for the show.

Daughter Shannon contacted the Argus this week from the family home in France to confirm Maria's comeback!

'My brother and I have entered mum into the Voice of Ireland, and she has been chosen. She will soon be on television for the blind auditions.'

Shannon added that the family were thrilled with their mum's selection

'Despite her blindness, she has devoted her life to rearing us. We are very proud of mum, she is our star!'

But she revealed that the family aren't able to travel to be with their mum.

'Sadly we will not be able to be there to cheer mum on, on the night of the audition because of the distance, and because there are so many of us!

'But we hope that everyone from mum's home town, Dundalk, will take our place in supporting her.'

Maria herself also confirmed the news when she took to her Facebook page, saying: 'I will soon be singing at the blind auditions for The Voice of Ireland on RTE. Both the judges and the contestant will be blind this time.'

She thanked all of her followers for the support as she makes her comeback on Irish television.

Maria is set to audition before judges Bressie, Kian Egan, Rachel Stevens and Una Healy in the coming weeks on The Voice aired on Sunday evenings on RTE1 at 6.30pm

Irish Independent