Sunday 17 December 2017

Agony and ecstasy for Glen Hansard's nieces as Voice stars do battle

Sinead Hansard with Kathryn Thomas on the Voce of Ireland
Sinead Hansard with Kathryn Thomas on the Voce of Ireland
Amy Hansard on the Voce of Ireland
Kathleen Mahon on the Voice of Ireland

Voice of Ireland coach Rachel Stevens believes that winners of the top talent show will only be successful if they work with industry professionals when they’re recording their album.


The S Club 7 singer was responding to comments from her fellow coach Bressie who said that Brendan McCahey’s debut album would have benefited from help by industry experts.

“I would definitely encourage anyone on my team to work with producers and experts after the show,” she told the Herald.

“It’s all about balance but the music industry is just so hard and this show gives you a platform and an amazing opportunity.

“You’ve got to really put the hard work in and take advantage of guidance from those in the business and totally embrace it,” she added. 

The brunette beauty believes that she has a good team as the second round of the Battles took place last night.

“I think I have some very strong contenders, the talent is really good across all the teams, it’s very exciting,” she said.

Rachel (36) had a tense moment on the show last night when she broke a promise she had made to Caoin Fitz at the audition stages.

During Caoin’s blind audition both Kian and Rachel turned their red chairs but she promised him that if he chose her she would put him through to the live shows.

However, she chose Paddy Kennedy to go through instead. Both Kian and Una swooped in to steal Caoin for their teams and he decided to go with the former Westlife singer.

“I am going to go with the person who has seen me as the artist I want to be, I want to go with Kian,” he said.

However, it was a tough night for singer Glen Hansard’s nieces Sinead and Amy with just one of the sisters making it to the live shows.


Sinead (23) lost out when Una decided to take Kelly McArdle from Drogheda through to the next round, despite the other judges saying that she had performed better.

Speaking after the performance to presenter Eoghan McDermott, she revealed she was “devastated” to be leaving the show.

“I feel upset if I’m going to be totally honest, it’s devastating,” she said.

“The comments lead you into something that you think you’re going to get and then for it not to happen, it’s hard.”

However, her younger sister Amy (18) made it through after her battle with Ronan O’Healy singing Human Nature by Michael Jackson.

Rachel chose Amy saying that she “stepped up to the performance” and “did a really good job”.

Speaking afterwards Amy said: “The nerves were kicking in but I held them back. Sinead is disappointed because she’s leaving her friends and me but I’ll do it for the both of us,” she added.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Mahon (28) didn’t win the Eurosong on the Late Late Show but she did make it through to the live shows last night.

While her coach Kian didn’t choose her in the battle with Fionn Gardner during which they sang Some Nights by Fun, Saturdays singer Una stole her for her team.


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