SOME supporters of ‘The Voice of Ireland’ contestant, Alan Lawlor felt the Tullamore native was absolutely robbed when he didn’t manage to secure a place in the next stages of the singing competition this week.
Sadly, the 28 year old didn’t make it through the battle stage of the Sunday night after his coach and mentor, Sharon Corr, chose his fellow contestant, Nollaig O’Connor to remain in the show. However, viewers of the singing show, weren’t left disappointed with the night’s performance as the pair wooed the audience and the coaches with their version of ‘Wild Horses’.
Alan was naturally left disappointed by Sharon’s decision but, he was quick to point out that that “was the name of the game after all”. He said that both Sharon and her aide, Don Mescall were very helpful to both himself and Nollaig. And, in preparation for the Sunday night show, the audience saw Sharon warn the pair not to compete with each other but to “just remember to sing” from their hearts.
And, the pair certainly did that as they treated the audience and the show’s coaches to a beautiful version of the popular song. After the performance, Kian Egan pointed out that Alan seemed to have “been a bit more settled” then his co-performer but it was going to be a be a tough decision for Sharon. Bressie maintained it was a “beautiful performance” and complimented Alan on his voice. “You were very respectful of Nollaig’s voice,” he added.
Brian Kennedy also added his support for the duet saying that it was “one of the favourite teams” to sing together so far in the competition. He didn’t know how Sharon was going to choose and make the decision that she ultimately had to make.
Unfortunately, it was a decision that didn’t go in Alan’s favour. Before choosing, however, Sharon continued her praise of both singers, maintaining that what she loved about them both was that they were both “so uncontrived” with no gimmicks in their performance. “I don’t want to have to make this decision,” she said as she paused for thought.
Not to be down heartened by Sharon’s decision, Alan himself thought that he did well on the night. “I think I did really well but that is the way it is,” he said following his Sunday night performance.
Meanwhile, Alan said that he had been worried for Nollaig before Sunday’s performance because of her previous battle with the nerves. He believed that it was so important to have gotten through the battle performance and “come across well” on the night. He explained that if the performance had fallen apart it would have been “very negative” for both performers.
Referring to the coaches’ feedback on the night, Alan was delighted that they were all so “very positive” on their version of the song. Alan thought initially when he was given the song, that he wasn’t sure about it. However, when he listen to another version of the song, the reservations left as he felt it “was a good tune”.
“You really have to mind the tuning in this song and you have to maintain the strength of your vocals particularly in the low ranges,” the singer continued.
Alan now moves onto to working on further his musical career and is looking forward to the forthcoming launch of his band ‘Cornerstonez’, on April 27 in Fergies, Tullamore as he warned “people to watch this space”.