DESPITE receiving a standing ovation from a rapturous audience for his performance of Stevie Wonder’s Finally, Gari Deegan exited the Voice of Ireland on Sunday night.
Deegan, a Spin South West DJ from Bunratty, made it to the final four of judge Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin’s picks, but was narrowly edged out by Kiera Byrne, whom the former Blizzards’ frontman said he believed “had the best chance of being a recording artist”.
Speaking to the Limerick Chronicle Gari said he was disappointed with the decision that saw him leave the show just weeks from the final, but said he was “leaving on a high”.
“It was a fantastic experience, I have no regrets whatsoever. Obviously I was very disappointed and a bit surprised, I thought my performance was good enough and that Bressie was going to pick me, but it wasn’t to be,” said Gari.
“It was brilliant, an amazing experience, bigger than what I thought it would be and the support from Limerick and Clare has been amazing, so I have to thank people for their support the whole way through, I really can’t thank them enough. Everyone got behind me in Limerick, and my family and friends were amazing.”
Deegan had impressed throughout the competition with his soulful performances, none more so than Sunday night with a passionate delivery of the Stevie Wonder classic. However, despite the result, Gari revealed he is to work with the Mullingar heartthrob in the near future.
“We are definitely going to work together, get into the studio and work together, write and record and get some demos together and none of that would have happened if I hadn’t been on the show,” he explained.
“Universal are very interested, so I left on a high note and I am happy,” he added.