Saturday 18 November 2017

The Voice of Ireland RTE1, 6.30pm

This series may boast a great gimmick; essentially it's The X Factor with judges choosing acts based on blind auditions, but it's a pity that once that stage is over it looks like every other talent search out there.

This week, fans of Popstars: the Rivals may recall Peter Smith; he also toured with Westlife, but will Kian Egan recall those dulcet tones when he turns up to audition? On the mainland, Lucy Spraggan was one of the brightest stars of The X Factor last year because of her self-penned tunes, so it's good to see TVOI following suit with the first original song from a contestant. The question is: will the singer/songwriter impress coaches Bressie, Sharon Corr, Jamelia and Kian?

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