Voice is great because appearance doesn't matter, says star Patrick Donoghue
He's one of the favourites to win the Voice of Ireland and Patrick Donoghue admits he had more confidence in his blind audition because the show isn't based on appearances.
The Donnycarney native previously auditioned for the X Factor but says he prefers the format of The Voice.
"I auditioned for the X Factor in 2007 and I got as far as boot camp and that in itself was a great achievement - I was only 16," he told the Herald.
"I feel like on these shows there's an element of being the whole package - you have to look a certain way."
"And obviously I'm not your conventional pop star, I've got scars from when I was in a house fire aged 12 and I'm overweight and stuff like that," he added.
"So the fact that they don't see you before they choose you is amazing - it definitely gives you a bit more confidence. I felt like I was on a better footing because they weren't going to judge me on my appearance."
He's gone from stacking shelves at Dunnes to singing in front of the nation each week and the 24-year-old admits it doesn't feel real.
"I've been working there for the last two and a half years and I have to say, I love it.
"I definitely don't want to be stacking shelves for the rest of my life but I was happy enough there," he admits.
"But especially now that I have a taste of it I want to go all the way and win the show or potentially have a career making music."
Patrick will be singing Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody and he hopes it will be enough to get him into the final.
"It's such a diva tune so it's definitely suited for me. I love picking songs with Una (left), it's always a mutual decision and she knows what she's talking about - she's been incredible - I just hope I'll get to the final," he said.