Friday 19 January 2018

I can't go behind supermarket till after this - Voice winner Patrick


Patrick Donoghue winner with Una Foden
Patrick Donoghue winner with Una Foden
Emma Humber

He's gone from packing shelves to winning the biggest showbiz competition in Ireland.

Patrick Donoghue last night became the first Dubliner to storm through and win the final of the Voice of Ireland.

The Donnycarney native wowed the judges - and the voting public - with his emotional rendition of Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror. He will release a cover of Jessie J's Mama Knows Best after landing a contract with Universal Ireland.

The 22-year-old was almost lost for words when he came off stage last night and said he hopes the RTE show returns next year.

"I never thought I would win. If the show doesn't come back next year it would be a serious shame because the singers out there wouldn't get to experience what I'm experiencing," the Dunnes Stores worker said.

"I don't think I'd be able to go back behind a till tomorrow.

"It's amazing to be the first Dubliner to win it. Everyone told me I wouldn't win because people from Dublin don't vote."

His mentor Una Foden said she was lucky to have Patrick on her team.


"I struck a pot of gold with this guy. I believed in Patrick from the word go and all the judges wanted him. I got really lucky to have him - we worked so well together," she told the Herald.

"His personality is going to take him places as well as his incredible voice.

"He's so humble and he's not cocky at all.

"He was the first one in the blind audition and everyone turned, it's like a fairytale."

Una said that she would jump at the chance to return to the show next year.

"This is definitely the cherry on top with Patrick winning but the whole experience has been amazing," she gushed.

Team Bressie's Emma Humber (pictured) came second while Rachel's two acts, Sarah McTernan and Kieran McKillop, came third and fourth.

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