Pádraig gets ready to battle it out on 'Voice'
Wexford man Pádraig Byrne is getting set to take to our TV screens once again this Sunday, March 2, as he battles it out with another contestant on 'The Voice of Ireland' for a place on the live shows.
Pádraig made it through to the battle stages when his version of 'Let's Get It On' by Marvin Gaye ensured that three out of four judges turned around, and he ended up picking Bressie as his mentor.
This year, Bressie is joined by assistant coach Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud fame, and Pádraig says it was a great experience working with both.
'I definitely feel like I made the right choice picking Bressie,' he said. 'Working with him and Sarah Harding in the build up to the battle was amazing. I can't say I'm a big Girls Aloud fan but when you look at how successful they've been you have to respect everything they've achieved. Sarah's a really nice person too. She's very down to earth and made the whole process that bit easier.'
Since his blind audition, Pádraig has received great support from the public and even managed to support former Voice of Ireland winner Pat Byrne at a recent Wexford show.
'It's been unbelievable really,' said Pádraig. 'In a couple of weeks you go from only your friends, family and a few people at smaller gigs having heard you play to over 20,000 views on Youtube. It's lovely that people take an interest and I've been getting great support and feedback. I got to play with Pat Byrne at his recent gig in Metro 17 too and it was great to get some advice from him on the whole experience. I knew him from college in Maynooth and he hasn't changed a bit since then!'
Pádraig's battle airs on RTE1 at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday night. He will be on hand to play a few tunes and chat about the experience from 6 p.m. at The Wicked Swan in Wexford on the night, where it will be shown on the big screen and there will also be a raffle with lots of great prizes up for grabs.
'I felt I had to mark the occasion in some way,' he said. 'So hopefully we'll get a good crowd in to watch it with me and have a good session afterwards.'