Helena through but Sasha just misses the cut on The Voice
Wellingtonbridge mother-of-four Helena Bradley Bates, who is expecting her fifth child in just a few weeks, powered her way through the first of the live knockouts to the quarter finals of RTE's The Voice on Sunday night.
Helena could be cutting it a bit fine as the quarter final round with the public vote is due to take place on April 12, and if she gets through that the semi-final is due on April 19 and the grand final a week later.
Performing 'I Wanna Know What Love Is' the Newbawn native proved herself an accomplished and very able performer, with judge Una Foden telling her: 'Fair play, your lung capacity is not affected by the baby!', Bressie saying she was too good to do power ballads every week and Rachel Stevens saying that Helena was 'amazing to come out while pregnant'.
Despite a note-perfect performance, Wexford town's Sasha Sangari Smith who 'blew the roof off' with her performance of 'Piece of My Heart' failed to make the cut.
'You are such a powerhouse, you have all those nerves but nobody would know it. I would like to see a bit more vulnerability if you go through,' Rachel Stevens said of Sasha, the last to perform on the night.
Una Foden said she loved how Sasha worked the stage and said she had huge potential and Bressie, who 'stole' Sasha during the last round, said people 'have to be aware the nerves you fight and overcome, you being possessed when the drum kicks in. That was amazing well done'.
Helena, who said her baby was seven weeks away, has been wooing audiences since she first played keyboard and sang for customers at the Ross Inn in New Ross as a 15 year old.
She said her only worry is that, if things continue to go well, the new sibling expected join Dean (17), Ayla (16), Callum (12) and Órin (11 months) is due to be delivered around the time of the final.
'If I get that far, I'll have to have the ambulance all set up,' she said.
On Sunday night, Bressie was urged to get his midwifery skills up to speed.