“Just out of bed?” joked Bressie, as two sleepy hopefuls shuffled towards rehearsals on this week’s show. Sure enough, it may have been a fairly early rise for The Voice of Ireland Battles brigade, but Andrew and Eoin (along with a packed house at The Helix) were most certainly ready to rock by nightfall. A rousing cover of Matchbox 20′s “Push” ensured that the show took off like a rocket, only to be grounded a few moments later by some rather scathing feedback from rival coaches. Ouch!
Sharon Corr and her lil’ helper, namely Royseven’s Paul Walsh, tried their utmost to upstage Stephen and Ciara backstage with a spur-of-the-moment vocal jam, but the latter pair managed to well and truly outshine the veterans with an electric performance onstage.
Niamh of Team Kian fame aimed to stick it to the man during rehearsals, but instead got stuck in her colossal high heels. In spite of the Westlife star’s disapproval of ladder-like footwear, Niamh finally managed to stay upright during a gritty stiletto-propped showcase with college buddy and proud owner of tea-cosy style headwear Karl.
Later, Ms. Corr brought two rather competitive young studs, Gerard and Dean, together for a staggering pop vocal showdown. Oddly enough, the result was an equally vicious spat between Sharon and her team coach enemies. “I think you made a big mistake,” snarled a surprisingly irritable Jamelia. “Bad call,” barked Kian. Indeed, the pressure from all quarters left Team Sharon in clear turmoil as to whether the best man really bagged the gold in the end.
There was an emotional end to this week’s Battles show, thanks to a stirring rendition of Labrinth and Emeli Sande’s megahit “Beneath You’re Beautiful”. This was followed by a reluctant nod to the eventual victor, Keith Hanley, by a tearful Jamelia, who clearly had much love for both contestants.
Fortunately, assistant coach Lemar was on hand to provide a temporary counselling service to his music biz mate.
As always, it was a thrilling night of ups and downs, highs and lows, awkward shoes and divisive George Michael impersonations. The Voice of Ireland may be many things, but one thing’s for sure; it’s never predictable.