Gallery: Search is on for The Voice
LAST Friday saw the launch of The Voice of the Glen, the Banteer-based talent competition which gets under way this Saturday, February 1 at 8:30pm.
A total of 66 singers will compete over six nights, with 11 participants a night hoping to make it a step closer to winning the top prize of €1,000, which has been sponsored by sponsors O'Keefe Enterprise Electric and Renewable Energy Insulations and Twohig's Supervalu Kanturk.
The first participants to take the stage on Saturday are Alana Barry (Millstreet Camogie Club), Pat Cranith (Laharn Heritage Centre), Shane O'Riordan (Centre Stage Theatre), Nigel Herlihy (Anvil Bar, Rylane), Carole O'Shea (Mallow Animal Rescue), Edel Shine (Banteer Camogie Club), Evelyn Curtin (Quinlan's Bar Meelin), Ken Ring (Molly's Bar, Bweeng), Tom Goggin (Millstreet Community Singers), Marie Bradley (Kathy's Bar, Knocknagree) and Una Marie Cremin (Jeff's Bar Castlemagner).
There's been massive interest so far in The Voice of The Glen competition, and performances, over the coming weeks.
Organiser Tadhg O'Keeffe told The Corkman that the interest throughout Duhallow has been "phenomenal."
He said: "This is really taking off and people do love to sing and to hear people singing is a lovely way to pass a night out. The competition, of course, will also be good fun."
He said from speaking to many people in Duhallow there is a "huge uptake" from both men and women in the 35-40 age bracket, who are rearing to get up on the stage to sing.
Tadhg now hopes that as many people as possible turn up to the Glen Theatre and give their support.
"There's a wealth of talent in Duhallow and throughout Cork and what we're really looking forward to is to find that precious gem who gives it their all," said Mr O'Keeffe.
On the competition night, each contestant must sing two songs per round.