Sunday 20 October 2019

The dream is over as Kiera exits the Voice

THERE was heartbreak for Gorey singer Kiera Byrne on Sunday night, as she exited 'The Voice of Ireland' competition at the quarter final stages.

Just one singer from each of the teams was selected by public vote to go through to the semifinals. Voting lines opened at the beginning of the show, and singer Conor Quinn, who performed first, was voted through. Kiera, who sang over an hour later, was left with Carlow singer Pat Byrne, facing judge Bressie.

Her accomplished pared-back performance of ' Danny Boy' attracted mixed reviews from the judges, with Sharon Corr saying she did a 'very good job', bringing her own personal style to it. However, she said it wasn't her best performance so far.

Cian Egan called the song choice ' a risk' but said risks have to be taken at this stage in the competition. ' You sang it really well,' he said. Brian Kennedy said it ' sounded beautiful' but had waited on a 'top note' that 'wasn't there.' Bressie pointed out that the song is 'very close' to Kiera's family, and felt that another song under consideration, one from Adele, was an even bigger cliche.

When the votes were counted and he was faced with sending one of his acts home, Bressie said he based his decision on the performances that evening, and he chose to save Pat Byrne.

Message of support have flooded in to Kiera's Facebook page, with many fans and friends saying this is just the beginning for her, and that she has a bright future ahead of her in the music business.

There are now just two acts on each of the four teams, and four more will be eliminated at the semi-final stage this Sunday.

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