‘Bittersweet’ result for Aoife as she makes Voice final ten

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‘Bittersweet’ result for Aoife as she makes Voice final ten
LIMERICK singer Aoife McLoughlin, who qualified for the final group of ten in Sunday’s Voice of Ireland show, has admitted her win was “bittersweet”, coming as it did at the expense of fellow contestant Tammy Browne.

LIMERICK singer Aoife McLoughlin, who qualified for the final group of ten in Sunday’s Voice of Ireland show, has admitted her win was “bittersweet”, coming as it did at the expense of fellow contestant Tammy Browne.

The two Limerick contestants - Aoife, 29, from Dooradoyle and Tammy, a 30-year-old native of Newbridge who lives in Castletroy - were forced to battle it out against each other to survive in the high profile television show last Sunday.

Both singers were members of judge Sharon Corr’s team, and had built up a friendship throughout the show, which made it difficult to square off against each other.

Aoife, singing Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire, was ultimately the winner, qualifying at Tammy’s expense, who was eliminated.

Charleville’s Keith Hanley, who is a member of judge Jamelia’s team, also qualified for the closing stages of the song competition, which finishes in three weeks.

Aoife, a journalism student in UL, said she was “sorry to see Tammy leave the competition”, which is one of the top rated shows on television.

“It was really unfortunate because we were up against each other and we really got on very well, it was very bittersweet,” said Aoife.

“She is such a wonderful lady, so humble and graceful and was a massive amount of support to me all week. We had a ball, there was no competition there whatsoever, we said that we would give it our all, but I was really sorry to see her go.”

Aoife remarked that she is now the oldest competitor left to fight it out for the Voice title, and will turn 30 years of age just a week after the show finishes.

“I think I am actually the oldest in the competition,” she laughed. “It would be a fantastic 30th birthday present if I was to win, I wouldn’t mind that at all and I would invite everyone to the party!”

The singer said the song selection pushed her “outside her comfort zone” - one more closely associated with her spine-tingling first performance of the Nancy Sinatra classic Bang Bang in her first audition.

“We looked at a few different options and I fall back into my safety mode, but I had mentioned that I liked Alicia Keys. I hadn’t heard it and when we listened to it, I thought it was fantastic,” she said.

“It was out of my comfort zone but I decided to give it a whirl and see what happened.”

She now looks ahead to Sunday’s show with a view to staying in the competition, and is “nervous but excited” and hoping for more support from Limerick.

“I have gotten so much support from Limerick and beyond, I am getting feedback from different parts of the country and I am really overwhelmed by it to be honest. I am actually starting to believe that I can hold a tune,” she laughed.