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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sharon wins battle to mentor student Nollaig

student Nollaig O'Connor's show-stopping performance on The Voice last night left all four judges vying to be her mentor.

The 21-year-old left the celebrity panel fighting over her after she sang U2's famous ballad With or Without You.

She was the only contestant to impress all four judges in the latest instalment of The Voice of Ireland talent show.

Former Leinster rugby star Bressie, who had been looking to add a unique female voice to his group, was the first to express his interest.

The former Blizzards frontman swivelled his chair to discover who was singing after three lines of the song, and as soon as Nollaig's performance ended, he told her: "I think that was my favourite performance yet, as obviously I think the rest of the guys do.

"That was stunning. You were close to tears, I could see it -- that's passion. I just adore artists like you."

Westlife singer Kian Egan and Bressie then competed for her attention by each describing how they would help her improve and the type of songs they would pick for her.

Despite their efforts to convince her to join their ranks, it was Sharon Corr who gained Nollaig's approval.

Sharon said she would help the UCC French and English student to overcome her nerves as she had been in a similar position before.

Sharon told her: "I would want to help you with your nerves because I have been that woman that you are right now."

Nollaig revealed that she had been hesitant about her choice, but she was swayed by the female coach's encouragements.



Persuasive

"It was really really hard," the pretty redhead said.

"It was between Bressie and Sharon because Bressie said I was his favourite so far and Sharon said 'nerves' and I thought: 'Oh God, that's what I need help on."

Brian Kennedy did not try to be as persuasive as his fellow judges but he nonetheless told Nollaig: "Whether I am the one to make records with you, I will certainly be one of the ones who will buy the records when they come out."

Meanwhile, another contestant who tried to impress the judges with a U2 song on last night's show failed to get through to the next stage.

Roadie Mike Bartlett, who has previously worked with the iconic rock band, belted out All I Want is You to no avail.

Bressie recognised him immediately when he turned around and revealed that they had played together in the past, however he told the candidate that he was looking to work with a different type of voice.

And Sharon said she "needed to hear a bit more movement".

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