Thursday 25 April 2019

Skerries singer Eva needs a lifeline to survive the voice

Eva needs your vote to make sure she gets through to semi-final

John Manning

Skerries teen singing sensation, Eva Campbell pulled another great performance out of the bag as she reached the knockout stages of the competition at the weekend but she will rely on the public vote to make it to the live semi-finals of the show.

Over two 'knockout' rounds, Team Olly has to be reduced from six singers to just two which meant in this week's first round of the knockouts, Eva was pitted against two team-mates with only one guaranteed to go through.

Eva took her courage in both hands and went for a Sia song for the knockouts and nailed it.

Talking before the show, she admitted to being nervous about the song choice.

She said: 'I absolutely adore this song. I've taken a bit of a risk singing it because it's such a huge song and she's such a huge inspiration to me and has such a huge voice. I just really needed to do the song justice.'

Do it justice, she certainly did and having done all she could possibly do to stay in the competition and it was now down to her coach, Olly Murs to make his choice.

Ultimately, Olly went with Eva's teammate, Jimmy Balito who delivered an emotionally charged rendition of Radiohead's 'High and Dry' just days after his dad had passed away.

Eva took the decision with grace and dignity but all is not lost for the Skerries girl because this year, the show's viewers can throw one contestant a lifeline to bring them to the semi-finals and now Eva is hanging her hopes on that possibility.

She said: 'The fact that there is a lifeline vote, it gives me another chance to fulfil my dreams.'

Eva sang Sia's 'Unstoppable' and she hopes the title of that song will define her own progress in the show now that her fate is in the hands of the viewers.

Last weekend's show, despite the disappointment on losing out on her coach's pick for the semi-finals will be an experience that Eva will never forget.

She got to meet and work with one of her heroes, in singer, Anne Marie.

She said: 'I am a huge fan of Anne Marie so to find out she was the guest mentor was just crazy - it couldn't have been a better person.'

In fact, the Skerries girl told her idol that she went to see Ed Sheeran in Phoenix Park just to see Anne Marie who was supporting that day.

Eva is having the time of her life on the show and said: 'Stuff like this doesn't happen to people like me. I'm still in school.

'I'm so thankful that Olly believed in me and I've got so much more to give.'

Let us hope that the viewers give her the chance to to do that.

Fingal Independent