SINGER Brendan Keeley is looking forward to the next stage of ‘The Voice of Ireland’ as he took another step closer to perhaps securing the show’s lucrative prize of a recording contract with Universal Records.
On Sunday’s head-to-head battle show Brendan was pitted against Waterford contestant, Neil McGrath and saw the duo perform Irish ballad, ‘Dirty Old Town’ as they both battled for a place in the next round of the show.
The Tullamore performer is absolutely delighted to move to the live shows having gotten through the battle stages of the competition as he felt this stage was ‘very scary’. “I did feel I had a good enough chance on Sunday night with all my experience.”
He is now looking forward to the live shows, which will Brendan as part of team Kennedy go up against team Bressie, on March 4 next.
Meanwhile, speaking on Sunday’s show, the 51 year old admitted that the song was “well out of his comfort zone” and wouldn’t be a song that he would normally perform if he was given a choice. “But, I will give it all I have got,” he enthused.
And, that he did as his coach, Brian Kennedy, chose him to progress to the next stage of the singing competition.
Speaking on the show, Kennedy described Brendan as a “world wary” kind of guy and said that there was “something in the way he delivers” his songs.
Before his performance, Brendan pointed out that it was different when it is a competition. I’ve never been in a competition before. And, that is a leveller between myself and Neil,” he added. Kian Egan, one of the show’s four coaches, was slightly critical of the song choice for the Tullamore singer. “I felt neither guys got to show off their actual abilities as singers. Brendan, you have an amazing voice but I didn’t get to hear it.”
Brian Kennedy, however, set aside Kian’s criticism as he chose the 51 year old father of three to move on in the competition.
And, speaking after the announcement, Brendan said that was ‘one of the most nerve racking things I have ever went through in my life’.