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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Voice hopeful Shannon gets through after Rachel steps in to save her

Shannon Doyle
Shannon Doyle
Kayleigh on the Voice

Finglas hairdresser Shannon Doyle must have feared she was for the snip on The Voice Of Ireland last night after her coach Una Foden failed to pick her.

But the bubbly Dubliner (19) managed to make the cut in the competition when another coach Rachel Stevens "stole" her for her team.

Shannon was up against Shauna Nolan (18) in the battle auditions, with both girls trying to go through to the live show singing Demi Lovato's Heart Attack.

Singer Una Foden told the girls they had done her proud.

"You both deserve to go through. The singer I'm putting through is Shauna," she said.

It was then Rachel stepped in to steal Shannon.

There was more drama last night when homeless Galway man Paul Taylor (45) made it through to the next round too.

Paul's rendition of the song Jackson by Johnny Cash and June carter was enough to impress his coach Rachel and saw him being put through.

Paul has been living in his car with his dogs since his relationship broke down.

Also going through to the live round is Ellie May Bopp (18) from Galway who impressed the coaches with her version of Pink's song Just Like a Pill.

Her coach Rachel took her through to the live shows.

Impressed

Meanwhile, coach Kian Egan picked Helena Bradley Bates (40) from Wexford to go through after she impressed him with her version of rock song Freebird by Lynyrd Skyynyrd in the head-to-head on the RTE show. Pregnant Helena's baby is due in late April, right before the final.

Kian jokingly asked Helena not to give birth during the live shows on him.

"I have to go with who I think is going to blow us away week by week and has the potential to go all the way," said Kian.

Coach Bressie stepped in to "steal" talented Kayleigh Cullinan (19) from Kimmage, who was singing on team Una, after he was impressed with her version of I'll Be There by the Jackson 5.

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