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Last Minute Mix Ups and Five Minute Hip Swings

Published: 03/03/13

It would seem that Kian Egan’s “big Louis Walsh head” is not going to sway any younger contestants on The Voice of Ireland. That’s according to Dylan, who kicked off this week’s Battles alongside fellow Team Jamelia member Ben. Despite Dylan’s reluctance about Jamelia’s choice of a “whiny” Linkin Park song, Lemar was fairly impressed with the young singer’s raspy rocker tone. “It’s like he’s gone through life twice, wow!”

This week also reigned in the first ever three-way battle, or at least that was the plan. Jennifer, Fiona and Aoife worked hard to perfect their three-piece girl-group take on “The Promise”. Nevertheless, a sudden cancellation meant that all best laid plans were dropped quicker than Rihanna’s skimpy stage costumes. Fortunately, Fiona and Aoife managed to make up for Jenny’s quick exit with a finely tuned duet version of the Girls Aloud pop classic.

Bressie brought together two sultry sounding – and similarly excellent – singers for a fresh makeover of an old Crowded House radio hit. “It’s going to be hard to lose one of these,” he confessed earlier, which became all too apparent on the night when it came to finally choosing between Katy Anna and Michelle.

“Derek, I hated the dancing!” snapped Jamelia, who was clearly ready to show the professional Bono impersonator to the nearest exit. Onstage competitor, Daryl, certainly looked a little perturbed by having to compete against Derek’s jiving, hip-shaking antics. He needn’t have worried, however, as the coaches’ verdict veered unanimously in his favour. (Oh well, best wishes to our very own “Trousersnake!”)

With just 48 hours notice, Jennifer later re-joined rehearsals beside her lil’ buddy John for a last minute mock-up of Bruno Mars’ “Marry You”… and the result could not have been better. Indeed, Jennifer may have towered above her male counterpart onstage, but the pair certainly matched each other in the talent department. A highly entertaining performance, brimming with chemistry and spilling over with fun, inevitably made for a tough decision on Sharon Corr’s part.

There’s no mistaking that this week’s incredible line-up culminated in yet another intriguing edition of The Voice of Ireland Battle shows. With just one more left before the live finals, it looks like we’re in for a heated and grubby last-chance showdown next week. Do not dare to miss it!


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