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Friday 15 December 2017

It's decision time for Bressie as his ex-bandmate tries out on The Voice's blind auditions

THE Voice Of Ireland hunk Bressie will have a tough choice tomorrow night when a former bandmate auditions for the talent competition.

But given that it's a 'blind' audition, aspiring star Fearghal Kelly has no way of knowing if Bressie will recognise him from his voice alone.

The Mullingar native was in a band with him 15 years ago where Fearghal was the lead singer and frontman while Bressie played guitar and did backing vocals as he started his musical career.

"It's a real jaw-dropping moment in the show," said an insider. "Everyone's just holding their breath to see whether Bressie will recognise him or not and whether he'll put him through.



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"He would obviously have known Fearghal's sound really well at the time but 15 years is a long time and there's no knowing whether he would still remember his vocals or not."

In another big shocker, viewers will also witness a member of former 1990's Irish boyband OTT going for his second chance at fame.

Former lead singer Alan Fitzsimons will be seen taking to the stage at the Helix Theatre for his big moment as he endeavours to win over the discerning mentors and go through to the Battles stage of the contest. During his time with the band, he scored five top ten hits in the UK and had a Platinum-selling album in South East Asia but has most recently been performing with a six-piece wedding band called Perfect Day.

He set up the group with Catherine Murray and has been working the nuptials and corporate circuit for the past number of years.

"He still hasn't given up his musical dreams and is determined to give it his best shot. He has so much experience on the stage and that will really stand to him when it comes to his audition for The Voice," a source explained.

Viewers will also see loved-up couple Eric Campbell and Sharon Gaynor going head-to-head for a place in the next round of the popular show. They initially met through their mutual love of music but are keeping their fingers crossed that they are both successful. "She'll kill me if I got through and she didn't!" said Eric.

Proving an instant hit with Irish audiences, the show sees mentors Niall 'Bressie' Breslin, Brian Kennedy, Sharon Corr and Kian Egan putting the nation's hopefuls through their paces.

Consisting of a series of 'blind' auditions, they each choose a number of singers for their teams, with the number of contestants gradually whittled down through a series of 'sing offs'.

Viewership figures for the Sunday evening RTE1 show, originally a Dutch format made by Talpa Media and produced here by ShinAwil Productions, have been consistently strong. the show debuted with a high of 708,000 viewers and was most recently watched by 625,000.

mfinn@herald.ie

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