BELIEVING the lyrics in her song choice, Aoife McLoughlin thought she was being ‘shot down’ by the judges on The Voice of Ireland last Sunday during her performance.
The singer, from Dooradoyle, selected the song made famous by Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang - because it was her “lucky charm”, hoping she wouldn’t draw a blank while performing on television.
“I am terrible for remembering lyrics, and I have always loved that song, it is about the only song I have been able to sing without forgetting the lyrics,” revealed Aoife, 29. “I was singing about being ‘shot down’ and I remember thinking halfway through ‘these guys are shooting me down so you better give it your all, because it is going to be on TV regardless’. I was getting a bit emotional toward the last chorus and that is what did it then, that bit of emotion in the song,” she added.
Aoife’s performance had the opposite effect on the judges, winning over three out of four during the blind audition.
Ignoring Westlife’s Kian and pop star Jamelia, Aoife chose Sharon Corr, following a “gut feeling”.
“I said before I went in that I would go with her, she is a musician, I know all the rest are, but she plays the violin and is a singer and I just felt growing up that The Corrs were huge and my gut told me to go with her,” said Aoife, a journalism student in UL.
“I know all of the rest of them are really popular, but my instinct was to go with her, if I want someone to hone in on my vocal abilities it should be Sharon Corr. “They didn’t show it on television, but she gave me a little wink when she turned around, so she won me over with that, it was enough for me,” laughed Aoife.
The Limerick lass only started singing in public a little over two years ago and admits she entered the show with low expectations, but is now looking forward to the next stage, the battles.
“I watched it last year and two of my friends, independently of each other, sent me on the application forms and told me to apply. I filled out the form and didn’t take it too seriously, I didn’t imagine any of this would happen,” she explained.
“It is really only hitting me now, I think Monday, that I actually did it, it felt a bit like a dream sequence.
“I will give it my all, I would absolutely love to get through. It is a 50-50 chance, so all I can do is do my best and leave it down to fate,” she added.