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Updates for 11th October 2011

The Voice Ireland - Coaches for the Series announced!


'The Voice' is the freshest talent show taking the world by storm and has already been a huge hit in both Holland and the US.

RTE and Screentime Shinawil today officially confirmed the four coaches of the hotly anticipated show 'The Voice of Ireland':
Brian Kennedy, Westlife’s Kian Egan, Sharon Corr and Bressie will use their knowledge of the music industry to give Irish hopefuls the chance to win a coveted recording contract with Universal Music.

Established and successful artists in their own right, each coach will offer the contestants a wealth of experience in the hopes of winning the overall prize.

Internationally renowned, multi-talented Brian Kennedy is familiar with the tough road to fame for the aspiring singer. The journey started in his teens, his unique voice and sheer determination leading him from Belfast to London, where the legendary Van Morrison invited him to join his five-year world tour, as lead singer. Brian shared the highlights of this global stage with several of the ‘greats’,  e.g. Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, amongst others, and joined Van on five major albums. His own 20-year solo career is equally phenomenal, covering a wide spectrum of the music industry: Singer/songwriter (with many self-penned albums, including his hit ‘Captured’);  Radio/TV host and presenter and lead  performer on international stages, from New York’s Riverdance on Broadway, to Eurovision 2006, Athens. Brian has also received many prestigious awards, including the 2010 Ireland Meteor Life Achievement Award for Music, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Ulster, for his contribution to the Arts.  Brian will bring this wealth of experience to the panel.

One of Ireland’s most successful musical exports, Westlife star Kian Egan has sold over 44 million records worldwide, had 14 number one singles and 7 number one albums. After 14 years in the industry Westlife are still as popular as ever and are celebrating their success by releasing a Greatest Hits album on November 21st. Kian will not only offer the contestants his guidance built on his worldwide success but also his experience in management; along with Louis Walsh Kian co-managed girl-band “Wonderland”.

As violinist, songwriter and backing vocalist with The Corrs, Sharon Corr enjoyed enormous success in the 90s, with 30 million album sales, sold out worldwide stadium tours and a string of # 1 single and albums under the band’s belts. In September 2011 Sharon released her debut solo album “Dream of You” which allowed Sharon to showcase her talent as a lead vocalist for the first time.

Bressie, a promising rugby star, ditched sports in order to pursue his passion in music. First finding fame and success in Irish band “The Blizzards”, Bressie decided to challenge himself and took on producing and writing roles in London. In September 2011 Bressie also released his debut solo album and has found hits in his first two singles “Can’t Stay Young (Forever)” and “Good Intentions”.

Later this month Sharon, Bressie, Kian and Brian will compete with each other to choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. During these auditions the mentors will be seated with their backs to the singers, and their decisions are based solely on the contestant’s voice. If a coach is impressed by the voice, they push the ‘I Want You’ button and their chair turns to face the singer. If more than one coach pushes the button, the power shifts to the singer and they get to decide which coach they want to work with.

Once each coach has their team in place, the battle is on! Each team of singers will be mentored and developed by their coach. In the singing battle stage, each of the coaches will have two members of their team battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach deciding which team member will advance to the live shows.

In the final stage the series will go live for nine weeks and the contestants will compete to hold onto their place in the show.  The live shows promise to be an un-missable weekly entertainment event that will feature not only the contestants, but performances from special musical guests too. The television audience will help to decide who stays until one team member remains for each coach, where the contestants will compete against each other in the final. In the end, only one will be crowned The Voice of Ireland and go on to win a recording contract with Universal Music.

The viewer at home will have an interactive role with the coaches, contestants and hosts through social networking mediums Facebook and Twitter. On top of this, The Voice of Ireland website will feature exclusive videos to give viewers an ongoing look behind the scenes, courtesy of The V Reporter.

Promising to be the most exciting show of the New Year, The Voice will air on RTE 1 in early January 2012.

Keep an eye on the website for details on how to attend the recordings!