Siobhan beats bullies to prove she has The Voice
'WORLD CLASS': Singer wows judges Cian and Brian in blind auditions
SINGING hopeful Siobhan McKenna has beaten her bullies and won over Kian Egan on RTE's The Voice.
The 23-year-old was physically shaking onstage as she heard the Westlifer describe her as "world class" on last night's show, which saw the second round of blind auditions take place.
Receptionist Siobhan admitted that she suffered bullying from her peers growing up, but had the last laugh over the weekend as she wowed viewers and mentors alike with her powerful voice.
The pretty brunette, who is originally from New Jersey in the US and moved to Dublin in 2002, has been tipped for superstardom after impressing both dad-of-one Kian (31) and fellow celebrity coach Brian Kennedy (45) with her show-stopping rendition of Beyonce's hit track Listen.
"Growing up was really tough because I was really overweight and I got bullied very bad in school.
"When things got tough I turned to singing," she revealed.
"I say every opportunity you should never turn down because it might be the door you're supposed to walk through."
Following Siobhan's audition on The Voice, which is expected to be a ratings smash on Irish tellies, a delighted Kian noted: "For me, I think to sing that song was such a brave choice and I think to come out and sing it and smash it the way you did, you should be very proud of yourself.
"You'd lovely emotion at the start of the song and all the way up, you really held you nerve -- I could see you were shaking in your boots.
"You deserve to be up there."
Brian Kennedy also pressed his buzzer to claim the budding star and congratulated Siobhan for her talented performance.
"If you weren't here that voice wouldn't be here, that was a gorgeous piece of singing.
"It's a really tough song to sing ... you sang with every piece of your heart in it, I absolutely loved everything about that."
The contestant was previously signed to an independent label in 2008, which saw her tour with American hip-hop artist Sean Kingston. Now she will take on the Battle round stages on the new RTE series as part of Kian's team, after choosing him over You Raise Me Up singer Brian.
Siobhan admitted it was a dream of hers to work with the chart-topper: "Kian was somebody I really wanted to work with."
"Siobhan isn't a Beyonce, she's not a Leona Lewis, I think she could be really up there with some of the best singers in the world," said Sligo man Kian, who is raking in a whopping €60,000 for his stint on the programme.