TWO of Limerick’s three hopefuls made it through the Battle stages of Sunday’s Voice of Ireland.
Parteen man Niall O’Halloran - born and raised in Limerick city - and Glin’s Laura Enright made it through to the live stages of the show and remain in the hunt for a contract with Universal.
Sadly, Stuart Bond, from Murroe, failed to make it through Sunday’s Battle stage.
Guitar strummer Laura, who was picked by Bressie for his team, was victorious over Catherine Hughes, performing Blur’s Universal, a selection that caused controversy among the judges, who said that Bressie’s song selection “didn’t work”.
“They are far better singers than most here tonight. I thought both of ye were brilliant, you did it justice. The singer I feel I can bring most to in the live shows is Laura,” said Bressie by way of reply.
Trilby hat wearing Niall, who went to school in Ardscoil Ris, was up against Kayleigh Cullinan on Una Foden’s team.
The hot favourite with the bookies to win performed I’ll Be There by the Jackson 5, with Foden saying: “It’s awful, you both deserve to go through you’re both ridiculously good” - before picking Niall.
Garryowen’s Evan Cotter, who is also on Una’s team, will take part in the Battle stages next Sunday, March 15. The show will call to the Crescent Shopping Centre on Saturday, March 21, with crowds to gather from noon to see the finalists perform.