John's 'Voice' journey comes to an end
Arklow's representation in this year's 'The Voice of Ireland' came to an end last Sunday as local lad John Hogan Junior was eliminated from the competition
John was one of four contestants eliminated, with his coach Dolores O'Riordan opting to save fellow Team Dolores member Michelle Revins, who also teetered on the brink of elimination.
A singer-songwriter, John auditioned for 'The Voice' with one of his own compositions, 'Little Boy Blue', the first time someone had sang an original piece at a blind audition for the show. This audacity – combined with his talent – caught the eyes of the judges, particularly Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries, of whom John was a lifelong fan.
Opting to join her team, he eventually progressed to the live rounds of the competition much to the delight of his growing contingent of home-grown supporters across Wicklow.
And although he hoped to be in the show until the very end, John claimed he was grateful to have had the opportunity to bring his vocal talents to the nation and was adamant that this will not be the end of his musical journey.
On his official Facebook page, John thanked everyone for 'their encouragement and support and for believing in my music' while reserving special mention for his friends and family for all their help and Dolores for taking him under her wing.
He concluded his message by promising to deliver many more original works in the future and encouraging fans to 'watch this space'.
Wicklow's hopes for this year's competition now rest solely with Bray-resident Peter Whitford, a fellow member of Team Dolores who avoided elimination to make it through to the last eight.