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Sunday 17 December 2017

This show seems to have lost its Voice...

The Voice's Una Foden and Rachel Stevens
The Voice's Una Foden and Rachel Stevens

II'm not much of a fan of the The Voice of Ireland. In fact, I for one am convinced that this type of talent show has run its course.

Bringing in new judges such as Una Foden and Rachel Stevens may have added a little novelty and excitement to the set up, but it's not enough.

The original singing competition format shows, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, which The Voice of Ireland is broadly based on, have themselves failed to produce any new singing stars in recent years. This has been mirrored with The Voice of Ireland. It's certainly uncovered new talent, but the contestants who have won have not gone on to take the show business world by storm.

I'm qualified to express an opinion on this. I once took part in a talent show in Listowel, when I was 10-years-old - it was McFadden Road Show. I sang a lonesome old ballad called 'Noirin Bawn'...and won third prize for my efforts. Alas the judges' chairs didn't revolve for me on that night, I am sorry to say. But the 5 shillings prize made up for it.

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