The Voice of Ireland (series 1)

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The Voice of Ireland
Season 1
Broadcast from 8 January (2012-01-08) – 29 April 2012 (2012-04-29)
Coaches Niall Breslin
Kian Egan
Sharon Corr
Brian Kennedy
Co-host(s) Kathryn Thomas
Eoghan McDermott (backstage)
Broadcaster RTÉ One
Winner
Pat Byrne
Origin Borris, County Carlow
Song "What a Wonderful World"
Coach Bressie
Runner-up
Richie Hayes
Chronology

The Voice of Ireland is an Irish reality talent show. It began airing on 8 January 2012.[1] It replaced The All Ireland Talent Show. The Voice of Ireland aired on RTÉ One. Kathryn Thomas presented the main show, while Eoghan McDermott co-presented. Bressie, Kian Egan, Sharon Corr and Brian Kennedy were the coaches. Pat Byrne, mentored by Bressie, won the series.[2]

Auditions for this series took place at the end of 2011. The Blind Auditions took place at The Helix, Dublin, between 26 and 31 October in front of a live audience. On Thursday, 24 November and Friday, 25 November, each coach's artists performed at The Helix for The Battle Rounds. The Live Shows began on 4 March. This series included Lucy O'Byrne, who would later appear as runner-up on the British series of The Voice.

Teams[edit]

     Winner
     Runner-up
     Third place
     Fourth place
     Eliminated in the Live shows
     Eliminated in the Battles
Coaches Top 48 artists
Brian Kennedy
Ryan O'Shaughnessy Claire O'Loughlin Sinead Fox Brendan Keeley Alan Fitzsimons Richie Hayes
Colin Hand Angela Shanny Lindsay Hamilton Neil McGrath Lata McCarthy Conor Ryan
Kian Egan
Kyle Kennedy Graham Dowling Elliot Canavan Doyle Liam Geddes Sharon Gaynor Jim Devine
Lucy O'Byrne Sandra Jane Hyland Christina Foran Stephen Griffin Siobhan McKenna Lorna Jordan
Sharon Corr
Fauve Chapman Kellie Blaise Nollaig O'Connor Kevin Keeley Kim Hayden Vanessa Whelan
Onya Gray Kate Donohoe Alan Lawlor Ingrid Madsen Alibhne Hession Dan Twomey
Bressie
Gavin Kenny Jessica Pritzel Gari Deegan Kiera Byrne Conor Quinn Pat Byrne
Rory Quinn Kate Gilmore Dervla Magennis Carolann Haskins Nikita O'Rowe Dara Molloy

Blind Auditions[edit]

The Blind Auditions took place at The Helix, Dublin, between 26 and 31 October in front of a live audience. The coaches choose teams of artists through a blind audition process. Each coach has the length of the artists' performance to decide if they want that artist on their team. Should two or more coaches want the same artist, then the artist gets to choose their coach. Once the coaches have picked their team, they are to pit them against each other in the ultimate sing off; The Battles.

Color key
Coach hit his/her "I WANT YOU" button
     Artist defaulted to this coach's team
     Artist elected to join this coach's team
     Artist eliminated with no coach pressing his or her "I WANT YOU" button

Blind Auditions 1[edit]

Order Artist Song Coaches' and artists' choices
Bressie Sharon Kian Brian
1 Onya Gray "Running Up that Hill"
2 Darren Bates "Patience"
3 Kate Donohoe "Mustang Sally"
4 Conor Quinn "9 Crimes"
5 Kim Burke "Price Tag"
6 Chris Currid "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
7 Christina Foran "Go Your Own Way"
8 Angela Shanny "Listen"
9 Gavin Kenny "Hurt"
10 Dan Twomey "Nella Fantasia"
11 Gari Deegan "Forget You"
12 Sinead Fox "Smile"
13 Stephen Griffin "Everything"
14 Tara Blaise United Kingdom "Livin' on a Prayer"

Blind Auditions 2[edit]

Order Artist Song Coaches' and artists' choices
Bressie Sharon Kian Brian
1 Nikita O'Rowe "Never Forget You"
2 Laura Rice "Dynamite"
3 Conor Ryan "At Last"
4 Liam Geddes "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
5 Leighann Mitchell "Firework"
6 Jessica Pritzel "Billie Jean"
7 Richie Hayes (Son) "I Wish"
8 Dick Hayes (Father) "Wind Beneath My Wings"
9 Ailbhne Hession "I'll Be There"
10 Dara Molloy "I Will Always Love You"
11 Neil McGrath "Use Somebody"
12 Brían Doyle "Your Song"
13 Kellie Blaise "Fallin'"
14 Siobhan McKenna "Listen"

Blind Auditions 3[edit]

Order Artist Song Coaches' and artists' choices
Bressie Sharon Kian Brian
1 Emma Jane Reilly "Halo"
2 Rory Quinn "Man in the Mirror"
3 Annie Gribbin "The Island"
4 Nollaig O'Connor "With or Without You"
5 Emma Wigglesworth "You Got the Love"
6 Lucy O'Byrne "Smile"
7 Mike Bartlett "All I Want Is You"
8 Vanessa Whelan "Rule the World"
9 Lindsay Hamilton "Faith"
10 Lorna Jordan "Summer Fly"
11 Brendan Keeley "Sometimes When We Touch"
12 Sandra Jane Hyland "Imagine"
13 Ellie McMahon "Black and Gold"
14 Lata McCarthy "Nella Fantasia"
15 Kiera Byrne "Ride On"

Blind Auditions 4[edit]

Order Artist Song Coaches' and artists' choices
Bressie Sharon Kian Brian
1 Megan O'Riordan "Price Tag"/"Where Is the Love?"
2 Alan Lawlor "Everything"
3 Olivia Luc "True Colors"
4 Claire O'Loughlin "Alone"
5 Liam McCarthy "Forget You"
6 Joanne McGrath "Killing Me Softly with His Song"
7 Pat Byrne "The River"
8 Fauve Chapman "Wonderwall"
9 Jim Devine "Better"
10 Brian Masterson "Mustang Sally"
11 Graham Dowling "Come Together"
12 Ryan O'Shaughnessy "The Power of Love"
13 Kevin Keeley "Travelin' Soldier"
14 Kate Gilmore "Use Somebody"

Blind Auditions 5[edit]

Order Artist Song Coaches' and artists' choices
Bressie Sharon Kian Brian
1 Ellen Maguire "Beautiful Disaster"
2 Carolann Haskins "Last Name"
3 Elliot Canavan Doyle "9 Crimes"
4 Kyle Kennedy "Just the Way You Are"
5 Nicole Chaney "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
6 Jenny McCabe "Hurt"
7 Alan Fitzsimons "True Colors"
8 Fearghal Kelly "Cry Me a River"
9 Kim Hayden "I Will Always Love You"
10 Dervla Magennis "At Last"
11 Eric Campbell "Don't Stop Believin'" N/A
12 Sharon Gaynor "Think" N/A
13 Joe Kavanagh "Nella Fantasia" N/A N/A
14 Ingrid Madsen "I Can't Make You Love Me" N/A N/A
15 Colin Hand "Smile" N/A N/A N/A

Battles[edit]

On Thursday, 24 November and Friday, 25 November, each coach's artists performed at The Helix for The Battle Rounds. Each team of artists were mentored and developed by their coach. In this stage, two artists from the same team, battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which artist to send through to the live shows.

Color key
     Artist won the Battle and advances to the Live shows
     Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated
Coach Adviser Artists
Bressie Ruth-Anne Cunningham Dara Molloy Gavin Kenny Jessica Pritzel Dervla Magennis Conor Quinn Carolann Haskins
Pat Byrne Rory Quinn Kate Gilmore Gari Deegan Nikita O'Rowe Kiera Byrne
Sharon Corr Don Mescall Kate Donohoe Dan Twomey Ingrid Madsen Ailbhne Hession Alan Lawlor Fauve Chapman
Kellie Blaise 'Vanessa Whelan Kevin Keeley Kim Hayden Nollaig O'Connor Onya Gray
Kian Egan Priscilla Samuels Liam Geddes Graham Dowling Sharon Gaynor Kyle Kennedy Christina Foran Jim Devine
Stephen Griffin Sandra Jane Hyland Siobhan McKenna Lucy O'Byrne Elliot Canavan Doyle Lorna Jordan
Brian Kennedy Eddi Reader Alan Fitzsimons Lindsay Hamilton Brendan Keeley Angela Shanny Colin Hand Conor Ryan
Lata McCarthy Sinead Fox Neil McGrath Claire O'Loughlin Ryan O'Shaughnessy Richie Hayes

Battles 1[edit]

Order Coach Winner Song Loser
1 Kian Egan Liam Geddes "Yellow" Stephen Griffin
2 Bressie Pat Byrne "If It Makes You Happy" Dara Molloy
3 Brian Kennedy Alan Fitzsimons "Everybody Hurts" Lata McCarthy
4 Sharon Corr Kellie Blaise "Shout" Kate Donohoe
5 Bressie Gavin Kenny "Everlasting Love" Rory Quinn
6 Kian Egan Graham Dowling "Moves like Jagger" Sandra Jane Hyland
7 Brian Kennedy Sinead Fox "I Try" Lindsay Hamilton
8 Sharon Corr Vanessa Whelan "Con te partirò" Dan Twomey

Battles 2[edit]

Order Coach Winner Song Loser
1 Kian Egan Sharon Gaynor "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Siobhan McKenna
2 Sharon Corr Kevin Keeley "Need You Now" Ingrid Madsen
3 Bressie Jessica Pritzel "My Immortal" Kate Gilmore
4 Brian Kennedy Brendan Keeley "Dirty Old Town" Neil McGrath
5 Bressie Gari Deegan "Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)" Dervla Magennis
6 Brian Kennedy Claire O'Loughlin "Nothing Compares 2 U" Angela Shanny
7 Kian Egan Kyle Kennedy "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" Lucy O'Byrne
8 Sharon Corr Kim Hayden "Sober" Ailbhne Hession

Battles 3[edit]

Order Coach Winner Song Loser
1 Sharon Corr Nollaig O'Connor "Wild Horses" Alan Lawlor
2 Bressie Conor Quinn "How to Save a Life" Nikita O'Rowe
3 Brian Kennedy Ryan O'Shaughnessy "One" Colin Hand
4 Kian Egan Elliot Canavan Doyle "Creep" Christina Foran
5 Sharon Corr Fauve Chapman "Born This Way" Onya Gray
6 Brian Kennedy Richie Hayes "Crazy Love" Conor Ryan
7 Kian Egan Jim Devine "I Can't Make You Love Me" Lorna Jordan
8 Bressie Kiera Byrne "Standing in the Way of Control" Carolann Haskins

Live shows[edit]

The Live Shows began on 4 March. The remaining artists competed against each other in live TV broadcasts at The Helix, with the viewers helping decide who advances and who exits the competition. When one artist remains for each coach, the artists will compete against each other in the finale on 29 April. The winner of the show will become The Voice of Ireland and get offered a contract with Universal Music worth €100,000.[3]

Results summary[edit]

Artist's info
Result details
Artist Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
Pat Byrne Safe Safe Safe Bressie's choice Safe Winner
Richie Hayes Safe Safe Safe Public's choice Safe Runner-up
Vanessa Whelan Safe Safe Safe Public's choice Safe Third place
Jim Devine Safe Safe Safe Public's choice Safe Fourth place
Alan Fitzsimons Safe Bottom two Bottom two Brian's choice Eliminated Eliminated (Semi-final)
Conor Quinn Safe Safe Safe Public's choice Eliminated
Kim Hayden Safe Safe Bottom two Sharon's choice Eliminated
Sharon Gaynor Safe Safe Bottom two Kian's choice Eliminated
Brendan Keeley Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated (Week 7)
Kiera Byrne Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
Kevin Keeley Safe Bottom two Safe Eliminated
Liam Geddes Safe Bottom two Safe Eliminated
Nollaig O'Connor Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated (Week 6)
Elliot Canavan Doyle Bottom two Safe Eliminated
Sinead Fox Bottom two Safe Eliminated Eliminated (Week 5)
Gari Deegan Safe Safe Eliminated
Kellie Blaise Bottom two Eliminated Eliminated (Week 4)
Graham Dowling Safe Eliminated
Claire O'Loughlin Safe Eliminated Eliminated (Week 3)
Jessica Pritzel Bottom two Eliminated
Fauve Chapman Eliminated Eliminated (Week 2)
Kyle Kennedy Eliminated
Ryan O'Shaughnessy Eliminated Eliminated (Week 1)
Gavin Kenny Eliminated

Live show details[edit]

     Artist was saved by the public's vote
     Artist was part of the bottom group in his/her team and saved by his/her coach
     Artist was eliminated

Live Show 1 (4 March)[edit]

Artists' performances on the first live show
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Brian Kennedy Alan Fitzsimons "Purple Rain" Safe
2 Bressie Gari Deegan "The Tracks of My Tears" Safe
3 Brian Kennedy Sinead Fox "Shine" Bottom two
4 Bressie Kiera Byrne "Titanium" Safe
5 Brian Kennedy Richie Hayes "What About Me" Safe
6 Bressie Conor Quinn "Feeling Good" Safe
7 Brian Kennedy Ryan O'Shaughnessy "Baby" Eliminated
8 Bressie Gavin Kenny "Smooth" Eliminated
9 Brian Kennedy Claire O'Loughlin "Un-Break My Heart" Safe
10 Bressie Jessica Pritzel "Something" Bottom two
11 Brian Kennedy Brendan Keeley "The Whole of the Moon" Safe
12 Bressie Pat Byrne "You Do Something to Me" Safe

Live Show 2 (11 March)[edit]

Artists' performances on the second live show
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Kian Egan Elliot Canavan Doyle "Take on Me" Bottom two
2 Sharon Corr Fauve Chapman "Video Games" Eliminated
3 Kian Egan Graham Dowling "Sex on Fire" Safe
4 Sharon Corr Kellie Blaise "My Funny Valentine" Bottom two
5 Kian Egan Kyle Kennedy "Superstition" Eliminated
6 Sharon Corr Kim Hayden "Fix You" Safe
7 Kian Egan Sharon Gaynor "All by Myself" Safe
8 Sharon Corr Keven Keeley "Crossfire" Safe
9 Kian Egan Jim Devine "Time After Time" Safe
10 Sharon Corr Vanessa Whelan "Somewhere" Safe
11 Kian Egan Liam Geddes "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" Safe
12 Sharon Corr Nollaig O'Connor "Shake It Out" Safe

Live Show 3 (18 March)[edit]

  • Guest performer: Rizzle Kicks ("Mama Do the Hump")
  • Teams competing: Team Brian and Team Bressie
  • Team performance: Brian Kennedy and Team Brian ("Life Love and Happiness")
Artists' performances on the third live show
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Bressie Pat Byrne "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" Safe
2 Brian Kennedy Brendan Keeley "You Are So Beautiful" Safe
3 Brian Kennedy Alan Fitzsimons "The Edge of Glory" Bottom two
4 Bressie Gari Deegan "Next to Me" Safe
5 Brian Kennedy Claire O'Loughlin "Love Is a Battlefield" Eliminated
6 Bressie Jessica Pritzel "Walking on Broken Glass" Eliminated
7 Brian Kennedy Sinead Fox "Beautiful" Safe
8 Bressie Kiera Byrne "Stay" Bottom two
9 Brian Kennedy Richie Hayes "Kiss" Safe
10 Bressie Conor Quinn "Lonely Boy" Safe

Live Show 4 (25 March)[edit]

Artists' performances on the fourth live show
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Kian Egan Sharon Gaynor "If I Ain't Got You" Safe
2 Sharon Corr Kevin Keeley "Half the World Away" Bottom two
3 Kian Egan Jim Devine "We Found Love" Safe
4 Sharon Corr Kim Hayden "Mercy" Safe
5 Kian Egan Elliot Canavan Doyle "Falling Slowly" Safe
6 Sharon Corr Nollaig O'Connor "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" Safe
7 Kian Egan Liam Geddes "Run" Bottom two
8 Sharon Corr Vanessa Whelan "Pie Jesu" Safe
9 Sharon Corr Kellie Blaise "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" Eliminated
10 Kian Egan Graham Dowling "Let Me Entertain You" Eliminated

Live Show 5 (1 April)[edit]

Artists' performances on the fifth live show
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Brian Kennedy Brendan Keeley "Walking in Memphis" Safe
2 Bressie Gari Deegan "Lately" Eliminated
3 Brian Kennedy Alan Fitzsimons "Without You" Bottom two
4 Bressie Conor Quinn "Kids" Safe
5 Brian Kennedy Sinead Fox "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Eliminated
6 Bressie Pat Byrne "The Day We Caught the Train" Safe
7 Brian Kennedy Richie Hayes "To Love Somebody" Safe
8 Bressie Kiera Byrne "Just a Girl" Bottom two

Live Show 6 (8 April)[edit]

  • Guest performer: Brian Kennedy ("Best Days")[7]
  • Teams competing: Team Kian and Team Sharon
  • Team performance: Kian Egan and Team Kian ("More Than Words")
Artists' performances on the sixth live show
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Sharon Corr Kim Hayden "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" Bottom two
2 Kian Egan Liam Geddes "Flying Without Wings" Safe
3 Sharon Corr Vanessa Whelan "My Heart Will Go On" Safe
4 Kian Egan Jim Devine "Over the Rainbow" Safe
5 Sharon Corr Nollaig O'Connor "Addicted to Love" Eliminated
6 Kian Egan Elliot Canavan Doyle "Iris" Eliminated
7 Sharon Corr Kevin Keeley "What Hurts the Most" Safe
8 Kian Egan Sharon Gaynor "Queen of the Night" Bottom two

Quarter-Final (15 April)[edit]

  • Guest performer: The Coronas ("Mark My Words")[8]
  • Teams competing: Team Bressie, Team Brian, Team Kian, and Team Sharon
Artists' performances on the quarter-final
Order Coach Artist Song Result
1 Bressie Conor Quinn "Rocks" Public vote
2 Kian Egan Sharon Gaynor "Hallelujah" Kian's choice
3 Sharon Corr Vanessa Whelan "Nessun dorma" Public vote
4 Brian Kennedy Brendan Keeley "I'll Always Be Lonely" (original song) Eliminated
5 Kian Egan Liam Geddes "Heaven" Eliminated
6 Sharon Corr Kim Hayden "Everytime" Sharon's choice
7 Brian Kennedy Richie Hayes "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Public vote
8 Kian Egan Jim Devine "I'm Already There" Public vote
9 Bressie Kiera Byrne "Danny Boy" Eliminated
10 Bressie Pat Byrne "With a Little Help from My Friends" Bressie's choice
11 Brian Kennedy Alan Fitzsimons "If You're Not the One" Brian's choice
12 Sharon Corr Kevin Keeley "Marry You" Eliminated

Semi-Final (22 April)[edit]

On 22 April 2012, the final four were announced based on a mix of Public's vote and voting of coaches. Both carried equal weight of 100 points for a total of 200 points. The coaches delivered their points in closed envelopes at the end of the live semi-final round. After counting of the Public's votes and adding the coaches', the Final 4 were: Vanessa Whelan, Richie Hayes, Jim Devine, and Pat Byrne, who moved on to the final. The song they performed this week was then available to download on iTunes and each download counted as a vote for the final.

Order Coach Artist Song Points Result
Coach points Public points Total points
1 Sharon Corr Vanessa Whelan "Who Wants to Live Forever" 65 65 130 Advanced to Finals
2 Sharon Corr Kim Hayden "Something's Got a Hold on Me" 35 35 70 Eliminated
3 Brian Kennedy Richie Hayes "One Voice" 45 60 105 Advanced to Finals
4 Brian Kennedy Alan Fitzsimons "To Where You Are" 55 40 95 Eliminated
5 Kian Egan Sharon Gaynor "Open Arms" 30 65 95 Eliminated
6 Kian Egan Jim Devine "The Dance" 70 35 105 Advanced to Finals
7 Bressie Conor Quinn "Everlong" 60 35 95 Eliminated
8 Bressie Pat Byrne "What a Wonderful World" 40 65 105 Advanced to Finals

Final (29 April)[edit]

Artists' performances on the final
Order Artist Coach song Result
1 Pat Byrne Bressie "The River" Winner
2 Jim Devine Kian Egan "I'm Already There" Fourth place
3 Vanessa Whelan Sharon Corr "Rule the World" Third place
4 Richie Hayes Brian Kennedy "What About Me" Runner-up

Ratings[edit]

# Episode Air Date Ratings
1 Blind Auditions 1 8 January 2012 708,000[11]
2 Blind Auditions 2 15 January 2012 625,000
3 Blind Auditions 3 22 January 2012 623,000
4 Blind Auditions 4 29 January 2012 635,000
5 Blind Auditions 5 5 February 2012 628,000
6 Battle Rounds 1 12 February 2012
7 Battle Rounds 2 19 February 2012 581,000
8 Battle Rounds 3 26 February 2012 571,000
9 Live Show 1 4 March 2012
10 Live Results 1
11 Live Show 2 11 March 2012 553,000
12 Live Results 2
13 Live Show 3 18 March 2012
14 Live Results 3
15 Live Show 4 25 March 2012 451,000
16 Live Results 4
17 Live Show 5 1 April 2012
18 Live Results 5
19 Live Show 6 8 April 2012
20 Live Results 6
21 Quarter-Final 15 April 2012
22 Quarter-Final Results
23 Semi-Final 22 April 2012
24 Semi-Final Results
25 Final 29 April 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Voice of Ireland begins Sunday". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pat Byrne wins The Voice of Ireland". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  3. ^ http://thehelix.ie/the-voice-of-ireland-live-shows/
  4. ^ "Bressie to perform on Voice results show". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pixie Lott to perform on Voice result show". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Olly Murs for Voice Results Show". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brian Kennedy for Voice results show". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Bardon, Nicola (16 April 2012). "Si-lence of the lambs". The Sun. Retrieved 16 April 2012. Also at the show was MTV beauty Laura Whitmore, there to support her rockstar boyfriend, Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly, who was performing. 
  9. ^ "Green and Sabre for The Voice semi". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Burke to perform her new single at The Voice of Ireland final". Newstalk. Communicorp - owned by Denis O'Brien. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "708,000 watch The Voice of Ireland". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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