Sunday night was the live Quarter Final on series 4 of The Voice of Ireland. Each of the top 12 got to perform live for your votes. The top vote-getter from each team plus one other chosen by their coach will be performing in next week’s semi-finals.
First up is Team Rachel.
Paddy Kennedy- “Pencil Full of Lead” by Paolo Nutini. He sounded fine, but the old-fashioned dancers kinda stole the show. Rachel, this isn’t The X Factor, leave the dancers over there!!! The dancing kinda took away from his vocal a bit I thought, and he looked fairly uncomfortable. I don’t even think it was fun, so I didn’t like it. Eliminated
Kieran McKillop- “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake. I thought this was a pretty bad song choice overall. He didn’t sound bad at all, but this song is so wordy and does almost nothing to showcase vocal ability. It was okay, but karaoke and boring. He is quite handsome though!! Advanced on public vote
Sarah McTernan- “What I Did for Love” by Emeli Sande. It started out pretty low and it was hard to hear her. It was a fine vocal though, probably the best on Team Rachel. That doesn’t really say a whole lot though, but I don’t think Rachel will be this season’s winning coach anyway. Saved by Rachel
Next we have Team Bressie.
Kayleigh Cullinan- “Freewheel” by Duke Special. I don’t know this song, so I wouldn’t ever love this performance. She sounded good as usual, even though it was a bit shaky. I felt like she was resisting a bit, so I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. I kinda thought it was her weakest performance yet, but I still really like Kayleigh. Eliminated
Emma Humber- “Play Dead” by Bjork. I thought this was a really creepy song, but I thought Emma delivered it very well. It was a bit overdramatic at much, but I liked it. She was actually my favorite of Team Bressie this week. Advanced on public vote
Denise Morgan- “These Words” by Natasha Bedingfield. I haven’t heard this song in awhile, but I forgot how awful this song is. The arrangement made it feel like a lounge song, which actually made it worse for me. She sounded fine, but I couldn’t get over how dumb this song is. Saved by Bressie
Next is Team Una.
Patrick Donoghue- “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” by Paloma Faith. I don’t know this song either, but I thought this started out a bit rough. It was a bit too low for him, but Patrick is undeniably a fantastic singer and this was no exception. Homeboy needs some hand lotion, but he still sounded great. Advanced on public vote
John Sheehy- “Hold Back the River” by James Bay. I thought the song was a bit repetitive, but he sounded pretty good. I thought his moves were a bit uncomfortable and he got drowned out by the music towards the end, but it was a fine performance. Saved by Una
Niall O’Halloran- “Like I Can” by Sam Smith. I was really excited for Niall since I loved him in the Knockouts, but Sam Smith is so huge in the UK right now so I thought this was a mistake. He sounded great at the beginning, but the music completely drowned him out at the end. These sound people need to get their stuff together. I didn’t love this performance like I wanted to, so I was quite disappointed. Eliminated
And last but certainly not least, we have Team Kian.
Fionn Gardner- “Up” by Olly Murs. It was okay, there were quite a few bum notes though. His face also told me that he had no idea what he was singing about, and the backup singers were louder than him once again. It wasn’t a bad vocal, but it felt really corny to me so I wasn’t crazy about it. Eliminated
Helena Bradley Bates- “River Deep-Mountain High” by Tina Turner. Once again, there were a ton of dancers in sports bras dancing around her. She sang really well, but the dancers just circled around her and kinda stole from Helena. I do like Helena, and she sounded great, but leave the dancers on the other show!! Saved by Kian
John Bonham- “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. It was nice to see John do a slower song, even if he did turn it into the same loud rock performance we’ve been seeing from him. It was okay, but it was a bit too much for me. His voice makes him sound like an Adam Lambert impersonator, but people do love him. Advanced on public vote
So that’s it for the quarterfinal. Paddy Kennedy, Kayleigh Cullinan, Niall O’Halloran and Fionn Gardner were eliminated this week, and the rest will be back next week for the semi-final. I am sad to see Kayleigh and Niall go, but not overly surprised. This is what I don’t like about these short seasons. We really don’t get to know these people that well over time. 4 performances is not enough for me to get attached to somebody, and so I wish we would send like 1 or 2 people home a week, like they do in America. Oh well, I’ll be back next week for the semi-finals. Thanks so much for reading!!