FINGLAS hairdresser Shannon Doyle was spoiled for choice when it came to choosing a mentor on The Voice Of Ireland, but revealed that her instinct was always to go with Una Foden.
The bubbly Dubliner (19) wowed both female judges Rachel Stevens and The Saturdays' Una Foden with her rendition of Big Girls Don't Cry on last night's show.
"I always said I'd go with Una, so it was like it was meant to happen," a delighted Shannon told the Herald.
"I wanted her because she is coming from such a professional band who are still making music today and she's very current.
"I knew she would guide me in the right direction with my song choice and everything," she continued.
The singer admitted she was just anxious for any of the judges to turn around and found herself torn when two of the four gave her the vote of confidence she needed.
"I was second guessing myself in the moment because Rachel has done so well for herself too," she said.
But she hasn't had cause to regret her choice and revealed that Una is a hands-on mentor who pays attention to every detail.
The Saturdays star from Tipperary is a pro at performing live at this stage, but she confided to her new apprentice that she still gets bouts of nerves before going on stage.
"She told me nerves were a good thing because they show how much I want it," Shannon said. "She tells me to just take a deep breath and focus."
The aspiring pop star previously auditioned for the X Factor and made it to boot camp in 2012.
But the Irish show attracted her attention this time around because of the blind element of auditions.
"I said I'd like to do that because sometimes people can go for image and I wanted them to concentrate on my voice first," she explained.
She believes her short-lived stint on the X Factor was a sign that she was destined for something else she believes.
"I'm glad now. When I was sent home I was heartbroken because it's all I want to do but I think everything happens for a reason," she said.