Limerick’s Bond shakes up the Voice of Ireland judges

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Stuart Bond, Murroe had the pick of three judges
SINGERS from the east and west of the county are aiming to be The Voice of Ireland.

SINGERS from the east and west of the county are aiming to be The Voice of Ireland.

Stuart Bond, from Murroe, joined Laura Enright, Glin, in the next round on Sunday night,

The 37-year-old full-time musician and stay at home dad of one wowed the judges with his version of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

Stuart was hoping for Bressie as a judge and it looks like the Westmeath rocker could regret not turning around. Cian Egan, Una Foden and Rachel Stevens all pushed their buttons.

Kian Egan said: “You nailed it, you are an amazing singer, nothing out of tune. When we hear a singer like you it’s exciting,”

Kian told Stuart while his “raw soulful voice” also wowed judges Una Foden and Rachel Stevens he was very keen to have him on board.

“You are a strong singer,” Bressie told him, clearly impressed. However, he added that Stuart “didn’t fit on my team”.

Stuart describes his musical style as “alternative/jazz/crooner and a bit of Radiohead”.

The Murroe man plumped for Kian, making him the second Limerick contestant to have made it through the blind auditions to the Battles stage so far.

Last week, Laura Enright, 19, got the thumbs up from all four judges for her confident take on Hey Ya and opted to join Bressie’s team.

Both singers will now be hoping to make it through the battles stage, where contestants on each of the four teams battle it out for a place in the live show.

The battles show will begin broadcasting over four weeks from February 22 and the live shows, from the Helix theatre in Dublin will then start going out on RTE from March 28 on.

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes Ireland have given Laura odds of 8/1 to win the show, a strong position to be in with several weeks more of blind auditions to go.

Following last week’s show she was also getting lots of mentions on Twitter and has been featuring strongly on YouTube.

The NUIG student is hoping the RTE talent show could be her stepping stone to the big time. She took up singing and playing guitar just two years ago.