The Voice of Ireland

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For the most recent series, see The Voice of Ireland (series 3)
The Voice of Ireland
The Voice Ireland.png
Also known as The Voice
Genre Talent show
Format Interactive reality talent show
Created by John de Mol
Presented by Kathryn Thomas
Eoghan McDermott
Judges Bressie
Kian Egan
Jamelia (2–)
Brian Kennedy (1)
Sharon Corr (1–2)
Dolores O'Riordan (3)
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 54 (inc. results shows)
Production
Producer(s) Screentime Shinawil Productions
Location(s) The Helix
Running time 90
30 (results shows)
Distributor RTÉ Commercial Enterprises Ltd.
Broadcast
Original channel RTÉ One
Picture format 16:9
Original run 8 January 2012 – present
Chronology
Preceded by The All Ireland Talent Show
Related shows The Voice of Holland
The Voice
External links
Website

The Voice of Ireland is the Irish edition of the international TV franchise The Voice, a reality singing competition created by media tycoon John de Mol. The first series began airing from 8 January 2012 on RTÉ One.[1] The coaches originally were Bressie, Sharon Corr, Kian Egan and Brian Kennedy. Kennedy left after the first series and was replaced by Jamelia. After the second series Sharon Corr quit the show owing to other commitments and was replaced by Dolores O'Riordan. The current coaches are Bressie, Kian Egan, Jamelia and Dolores O'Riordan. The show is hosted by Kathryn Thomas[2] and co-hosted by Eoghan McDermott, who also presents backstage show The Voice After Party.

The series is part of the The Voice franchise and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands entitled The Voice of Holland. The show replaced The All Ireland Talent Show. One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train the talents in their group and occasionally perform with them. Talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the auditioner.

The TV show "blind" auditions were held at the The Helix, and broadcast for the first five weeks of the series. The Battle Phase was broadcast over three weeks from 12 February to 26 February. The winner of the show will be offered a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland worth €100,000.

The current holder of the crown The Voice of Ireland is the series 3 Voice champion, Cavan singer and guitarist Brendan McCahey.

Production[edit]

The show replaced The All Ireland Talent Show. The Voice of Ireland aired on RTE One. The show is produced by Screentime Shinawil Productions.

Auditions[edit]

Auditions took place at the end of 2011. The closing date for applications was Monday, 19 September 2011.[3]

The Blind Auditions for Series 1 took place at The Helix, Dublin, between 26 and 31 October 2011 in front of a live audience. The first series began on 8 January 2012 and finished on 29 April 2012. The Blind auditions for Series 2 took place at The Helix, Dublin, place on 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 October 2012 at The Helix.[4]

Scheduling and filming[edit]

The show takes place in The Helix, Dublin. The Live Shows began on 4 March. The main show airs for 90 minutes. The results show airs for 30 minutes. The show airs on Sunday nights. The second series began filming the Blind Auditions in Dublin's Helix theatre on 21 October 2012.

Series overview[edit]

To date, two series has been broadcast and the third series is underway, as summarised below.

     Artist on "Bressie's" team
     Artist on "Kian's" team
     Artist on "Jamelia's" team (series 2-)
     Artist in "Dolores's" team (series 3)
     Artist on "Sharon's" team (series 1-2)
     Artist on "Brian's" team (series 1)
     Artist on "Nadine's" team (series 4-)
Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Winning coach Main presenter Backstage presenter Coaches Sponsor
One 8 January 2012 29 April 2012 Pat Byrne Richie Hayes Vanessa Whelan Jim Devine Bressie Kathryn Thomas Eoghan McDermott Bressie
Sharon Corr
Kian Egan
Brian Kennedy
Volkswagen
Two 6 January 2013 28 April 2013 Keith Hanley Kelly Mongan Shane McLaughlin Shannon Murphy Jamelia Bressie
Sharon Corr
Kian Egan
Jamelia
Three 5 January 2014 27 April 2014 Brendan McCahey Kellie Lewis Laura May Lenehan Jamie Stanton Bressie Bressie
Dolores O'Riordan
Kian Egan
Jamelia
Müller Corner
Four 4 January 2015 26 April 2015 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Bressie
Nadine Coyle
Kian Egan
Jamelia
Muller Corner

Format[edit]

The series consists of three phases:

  • Blind audition
  • Battle phase
  • Live performance shows

Blind audition[edit]

Four coaches, all famous musicians, will choose teams of artists through a blind audition process. Each coach has the length of the artists performance to decide if he or she wants that artist on his or her team (twelve in the first series, more in the second); if two or more coaches want the same artist then the singer gets to choose which coach they want to work with. An addition to the third season is that RTÉ 2fm have selected 5 wildcards to audition.

Battle phase[edit]

Each team of singers will be mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, coaches will have two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which team member will advance to the next stage. For the third series a new feature was added whereby if an act lost their battle, they are not immediately out of the competition. Each coach has one 'Steal' where they get the opportunity to take one losing act and have them join their team for the live shows. They do this by pressing their 'I Want You' button.

Live performance shows[edit]

In the final phase, the remaining contestants will compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience will help to decide who moves on. When one team member remains for each coach, the contestants will compete against each other in the finale.

Post-The Voice of Ireland[edit]

The winner of the show will be offered a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland worth €100,000.

Coaches[edit]

Current coaches[edit]

Bressie[edit]

Bressie
Main article: Niall Breslin

Bressie is a coach on the The Voice of Ireland.[5] He won the first series with Pat Byrne.[6][7][8][9] He came third in the second series with Shannon Murphy, who came fourth.

Kian Egan[edit]

Kian Egan
Main article: Kian Egan

Kian Egan is a former member of the band Westlife, and current champion of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Egan is one of the four coaches on The Voice of Ireland.[5]In the first series, his contestant, Jim Devine finished fourth. However, People in Northern Ireland could not download his single, the tally of which contributed to the final vote. This was a controversial decision as Jim was the only member of the competition from Northern Ireland, arguably putting him at a disadvantage to the other contestants. In the second series two of his contestants (Kelly Mongan and Shane McLaughlin) reached the final.

Jamelia[edit]

Jamelia
Main article: Jamelia

Jamelia replaced Brian Kennedy as a coach in the second series. This was announced during an interview on The Late Late Show. She won the second series with Keith Hanley. She originally announced that she would not be returning for the third series, but later on in 2013, she revealed on RTE 2FM with Ryan Tubridy that she had reconsidered and would return for another season.

Former Coaches[edit]

Dolores O'Riordan[edit]

Main article: Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries replaced Sharon Corr as a coach for the third series. This was announced during an interview on The Late Late Show.

Sharon Corr[edit]

Sharon Corr
Main article: Sharon Corr

In 2012, Sharon was revealed as one of the coaches on the first and second series of The Voice of Ireland.[10] However, she decided not to return for a third series due to the promotion and the touring for her new album, "The Same Sun".[11] She was replaced by Dolores O'Riordan.

Brian Kennedy[edit]

Brian Kennedy was one of the coaches on The Voice of Ireland. He came second in the first series with Richie Hayes. It was confirmed in 2012 that he would not return for a second series. He has since been replaced by R&B singer Jamelia. It was later revealed that his exit had something to do with an 'outrageous' occurrence during the final of the first series.

Presenters[edit]

Kathryn Thomas and Eoghan McDermott[edit]

In August 2011, it was announced that Kathryn Thomas would host the Irish version of The Voice, The Voice of Ireland.[12]

Kathryn Thomas presents the main show, while Eoghan McDermott co-presents as the social network correspondent.[13]

Coaches' teams and their artists[edit]

Color key

Winners are in bold, Finalists are italicized in bold font, and eliminated artists are in small font.

Series Brian Kennedy Kian Egan Sharon Corr Bressie
One Richie Hayes
Alan Fitzsimons
Brendan Keeley
Sinead Fox
Claire O'Loughlin
Ryan O'Shaughnessy
Jim Devine
Sharon Gaynor
Liam Geddes
Elliot Canavan Doyle
Graham Dowling
Kyle Kennedy
Vanessa Whelan
Kim Hayden
Kevin Keeley
Nollaig O'Connor
Kellie Blaise
Fauve Chapman
Pat Byrne
Conor Quinn
Kiera Byrne
Gari Deegan
Jessica Pritzel
Gavin Kenny
Two Jamelia Kian Egan Sharon Corr Bressie
Keith Hanley
Wayne Beatty
Dylan Powell
Roisin Carlin
Jennifer Moore
Sophie Rischar
Kelly Mongan
Shane McLaughlin
Ray Scully
Andy Mac Unfraidh
Karl Sheridan
Daryl Phillips
John Gaughan
Aoife McLoughlin
Tammy Browne
Mark Guildea
Stephen Hudson
Dean Anthony
Shannon Murphy
Katy Anna Mohan
Sinead O'Brien
Andrew Mann
Terri O'Reilly
Velvin Lamont
Three Jamelia Kian Egan Dolores O'Riordan Bressie
Laura May Lenehan
Gavin Murray
Aisling Connolly
Remy Naidoo
Martin McInerney
Daisy Valenzuela
Jay Boland
Paddy Molloy
Danica Holland
Laura O'Connor
Craig McMarrow
Pauric McLaughlin
Kellie Lewis
Mariah Butler
Michelle Revins
Emma Walsh
Peter Whitford
John Hogan
Brendan McCahey
Jamie Stanton
Sarah Sylvia
Ciara Donnelly
Pádraig Byrne
Kedar Friis-Lawrence
Four Jamelia Kian Egan Nadine Coyle Bressie

Guest mentors and advisers[edit]

Season Brian Kennedy Kian Egan Sharon Corr Bressie
One Eddi Reader Priscilla Samuels Don Mescall Ruth-Anne Cunningham
Two Jamelia Kian Egan Sharon Corr Bressie
Lemar Danny Jones Paul Walsh Jerry Fish
Three Jamelia Kian Egan Dolores O'Riordan Bressie
Courtney Rumbold Matt Cardle Fiachna O Braonain Sarah Harding
Four Jamelia Kian Egan Nadine Coyle Bressie

Reception[edit]

Series averages[edit]

Series Series premiere Series finale Episodes
(inc. results shows)
Average Irish viewers
in thousands
(inc. results shows)
1 8 January 2012 29 April 2012 25 597,222 (for 9 episodes)
2 6 January 2013 28 April 2013 17 599,411 (for 9 episodes)
3 5 January 2014 27 April 2014 TBA 575,767 (for 9 episodes)

Ratings[edit]

RTÉ described the first ever episode as "a great ratings success" as it pulled in an average of 708,000 viewers and peaked at 1.2 million.[14] It was later reported that the first 5 episodes pulled in an average of 701,000 viewers a week.[15]

Audience ratings for the first series, initially promising, had plunged by 50% by the time the live shows were broadcast and were reported to be unfavourable when compared to ratings held by its predecessor The All Ireland Talent Show.[16]

Music releases by The Voice of Ireland contestants[edit]

As of March 2014, the Voice of Ireland has had twelve singles and three albums chart on the top 100 on the Irish Singles and Albums Charts.

Singles[edit]

Artist Series Position in show Song title IRE release date IRE peak chart
position
Ref(s)
Pat Byrne 1 Winner "What a Wonderful World" 23 April 2012 3 [17]
Brendan McCahey 3 Winner "You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover" 15 April 2014 15 [17]
Richie Hayes 1 Runner-Up "One Voice" 23 April 2012 23 [17]
Vanessa Whelan 1 Third Place "Who Wants To Live Forever" 23 April 2012 28 [17]
Jim Devine 1 Fourth Place "The Dance" 23 April 2012 DNC [18]
Pat Byrne 1 Winner "End of The World" 2 November 2012 61
Ryan O'Shaughnessy 1 Final 24 "No Name" 5 August 2012 3 [19]
Pat Byrne 1 Winner "All or Nothing" 15 March 2013 80 [20]
Kim Hayden 1 Final 8 "Warrior" 19 April 2013 DNC [21]
Keith Hanley 2 Winner "Beggin'" 29 April 2013 37 [22]
Kelly Mongan 2 Runner-Up "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" 29 April 2013 67 [22]
Shane McLaughlin 2 Third Place "Fake" 29 April 2013 DNC
Shannon Murphy 2 Fourth Place "Ho Hey" 29 April 2013 49 [22]
Ryan O'Shaughnessy 1 Final 24 "Who Do You Love?" 2 August 2013 3 [23]
Andrew Mann 2 Final 16 "Middle Of The Dancefloor" 8 November 2013 DNC [24]
Keith Hanley 2 Winner "Blue" 21 February 2014 29

Albums[edit]

Artist Series Position in show Album title IRE release date IRE peak chart
position
Ref(s)
Pat Byrne 1 Winner All or Nothing 16 November 2012 10 [25]
Ryan O'Shaughnessy 1 Final 24 Ryan O'Shaughnessy 13 August 2012 1 [26]
Conor Quinn 1 Final 8 Golden Kids 20 August 2013 DNC
Andrew Mann 2 Final 16 Hidden In Plain Sight 31 December 2013 (re-release) DNC
Kim Hayden 1 Final 8 Better 14 February 2014 DNC
Keith Hanley 2 Winner Hush 7 March 2014 17

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  10. ^ Sharon Corr to judge for The Voice - Sharon Helga Corr (born 24 March 1970) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and television personality. She is best known as a member of the pop-rock band The Corrs, which she co-founded in 1990 with her elder brother Jim and younger sisters Caroline and Andrea. She plays the violin, piano and guitar, and sings backing vocals. She began learning the violin when she was six years old. She has played in national youth orchestras and is qualified to teach the violin. The Corr siblings were awarded honorary MBEs in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of both their musical talent and their charitable work raising money for Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, victims of the Omagh Bombing, and other charities. Herald.ie
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