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The agony of sibling rivalry as Wayne beats brother Barry in The Voice battle

DUBLIN mum Tina Beatty had a Mother's Day to remember.

Tina is mum to brothers Wayne (22) and Barry (18) – and last night hundreds of thousands of viewers saw them do battle on The Voice.

The Beatty Brothers' mentor Jamelia said there was no other way – both brothers had a similar sound.

And so they sang and rapped to the Brandy and Monique's '90's hit That Boy Is Mine.

The lyrics were then changed to That Girl Is Mine.

Their mum Tina said that the boys were aware there was a chance they would have to go up against each other.

And Tina's worst nightmare came true.

"It was traumatising. It's okay to watch one child in competition and maybe see them go on and get knocked out, but to have two competing against each other at the same time was awful," she said.

"After Wayne had auditioned and then Barry went out, we did think that maybe Barry would go for Sharon, so he did shock me when he went for Jamelia.

"They knew that if they had the same mentor they would possibly go head to head."

When Tina got the news she dreaded, she said it was very "hard".

"You can't really celebrate with one because you have to commiserate with the other and it's just so hard to stand there and watch. Of course, it makes for great television not only because they are brothers, but because they're similar singers."

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Sadly, the boys' dad Mark passed away from cancer five years ago.

"I know in my heart he would have been so proud of them. It would have been great if their daddy was there to stand there and watch them," she said.

The Beattys – who hail from Ballymun – were praised by all the mentors for their brilliant rendition of That Boy Is Mine.

And they divided them, also.

Kian plumped for younger brother Barry. However, Jamelia opted to go with Wayne, who will now feature in next week's live shows.

Looking at her decision to pair the brothers together, Jamelia does not shy away from controversy.

Last week, she branded Westlife star and fellow judge Kian Egan "a diva".

And the mum-of-two said she's tired of the single life and is looking for a relationship.

"I haven't been in a relationship for four years," she said. He doesn't have to be stinking rich – just someone who is honest and nice."

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