Mum Tara rejected by The Voice, even though she toured with Brian
SHE supported Brian Kennedy on tour and has two Meteor nominations -- but Tara Blaise doesn't have The Voice.
The singing hopeful was left shocked after Kennedy and three other judges rejected her on the first episode of the new show.
Afterwards, she admitted to being "out of practice" on stage after recently giving birth -- but her rejection has left viewers stunned.
RTE's latest talent series kicked off with a bang last night and 36-year-old mum Tara shocked viewers and celebrity coaches alike when she failed to be snapped up for the contest, despite being a recording artist.
The Wicklow native, who has already released two albums and was nominated at the 2009 Meteor Awards for the Best Irish Female gong, attempted to make a come- back after a maternity break, but was left high and dry after none of the four mentors pressed their buzzers, even though two of them knew her.
Tara performed a shaky version of Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer in the opening auditions and was instantly recognised by astonished celebrity coaches Sharon Corr (41) and Brian Kennedy (45).
"It's the first thing I've done in a while -- I just had a baby," Tara revealed to the shocked mentors, after her nerves got the better of her and, as a result, she was shunned by the star panel.
A surprised Sharon noted: "You struggled with your nerves throughout the performance and I know we could all hear that. I really felt for you.
"I know you are a great artist, please don't let this hold you back."
The well-known violinist admitted to fellow mentor and Westlifer Kian Egan (31) that if she had seen Tara singing she would have pressed her buzzer and welcomed her to the team.
"If you could have seen her, you would have chosen, but that's the whole point of this process," the dad-of-one said.
Meanwhile, Brian, who has even toured with the pretty performer in the past, added he was "gobsmacked" by the situation.
"Tara and I toured together. That was extraordinary because I heard the nerves and everything. It's a really difficult thing, you're a recording artist," Belfast-born Brian said, as he asked the mum for the reason behind her mediocre audition.
Following the series' dramatic opener, The Voice producer Lynda McQuaid has insisted that no-one doubts Tara's talents, but said perhaps the blonde chose the wrong song. "They were all told there would be an audition in that room and it was up to them.
"That song was something Tara wanted to come and do."
The top producer continued that had Tara picked a more "upbeat" tune, it may have made a difference to her chances.
"If she had come in with something a bit more upbeat or dynamic, she could have been -- without a shadow of a doubt -- selected."
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