SO THE BATTLES are done and it’s time for the live shows on The Voice of Ireland. Are you horribly confused about who’s in and who’s out?
Are you struggling to pick a favourite to get behind?
Fear not. Here’s everything you need to know.
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After taking the title with Pat Byrne last year Bressie will be keen to prove his dominance with another win this year but has he got any contenders in his group of finalists?
After the battles his team consists of Shannon Murphy, Katy Anna Mohan, Velvin Lamont, Andrew Mann, Terri O’Reilly and Sinéad O’Brien.
His one-to-watch has to be Velvin Lamont, who wowed the judges with his rendition of Signed, Sealed, Delivered at the blind auditions and then went on to beat James Sheridan in the Battles. Bressie guilted him into being on his team by pretending it was his birthday, nice.
Never short of a few things to say on the show, Kian has built a pretty strong line-up of finalists with Kelly McDonagh Mongan, Andy Mac Unfraidh, Karl Sheridan, Daryl Phillips, Ray Scully and Shane McLaughlin.
Daryl Phillips could be Kian’s golden ticket. The 18-year-old from Kildare made presenter Kathryn Thomas scream and air-punch and had Bressie waxing lyrical about phrasing.
He’s also likely to be pretty popular with the teen female audience so that can’t hurt.
Kian also has Kelly McDonagh Mongan on his team and she’s been a contender from day one. According to her mentor Kian, she’s also due to give birth very near to the final week.
Jamelia is probably at a bit of a disadvantage being the new judge on the panel but she definitely has a few aces in her pack of Roisín Carlin, Keith Hanley, Dylan Powell, Jennifer Moore, Sophie Rischar and Wayne Beatty.
Jennifer Moore from Waterford really impressed Jamelia with her blind audition rendition of Suitcase before going on to beat Tommy McNulty in the battles.
If Sharon’s team could win just for her being an absolute lady on the panel then it would almost certainly happen. She’s feisty when she needs to be but almost always has a kind word for the nervous contestants.
Team Sharon, following on from the battles, is Tammy Browne, Stephen Hudson, Dean Anthony, Mark Guildea, Aoife McLoughlin, and John Gaughan.
She definitely has a contender in John Gaughan. His blind audition made three of the judges spin around in their funky red chairs.
And Sharon Corr even got down on bended knees and begged him to join her team. It worked.
So there are the teams. What have we learned so far?
We also learned more about how the judges feel about each other this season as the war of words continued on screen and over the tabloid pages.
1 .That Kian likes Bressie really
Things hotted up with Bressie having the extra ammunition of Kian coming last in the previous series but they swear they’re mates really. Kian even sang, yes ‘sang’, happy birthday to Bressie this year.
The war also brought us hilarious Twitter exchanges like this one:
2. That Bressie doesn’t care how much Kian likes him, he’s not being in his band
In their continuing tabloid war Bressie also felt the need to tell us that Kian Egan could never, ever be in a band with him.
The Mullingar man joked in the Irish Sun:
Would I have him in my band? Absolutely not. Not a chance. You can’t have blond hair and be in a metal band.
So Bressie is a metal-head now, who knew?
3. That Jamelia definitely doesn’t fancy Bressie
Poor Jamelia was forced to deny rumours that she might have a soft spot for Bressie.
She told 98FM:
I know I find it ridiculous, as I said I love Bressie, I think he’s such a great guy, he’s absolutely gorgeous but I don’t know I just don’t see him like that, I really don’t. Yeah he’s more like a brother, he gives fantastic hugs.
Alright Jamelia, no need to stamp on the point.
4. That nobody is afraid to call a winner
Some of the judges recently put their necks on the line and made their predictions for the final. Kathryn Thomas even chipped in. We like that. Everyone has favourites, right?
Note to Dermot O’Leary, don’t say you’re totally impartial next time you’re asked to pick an X Factor winner. Boring.
5. That Kian and Sharon are pretty popular on Facebook
It’s hard to say whether the mentor issue comes into voting decisions much, or if people vote purely based on which singer they like listening to most.
But it might be worth noting that Kian’s team currently has a share of 33.3 per cent of the Facebook likes. Sharon’s team has 32.7 per cent, Bressie has 26 per cent… and Jamelia has only 8 per cent.
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