Upbeat Keeley takes criticism on chin as he advances in ‘Voice of Ireland’

BRENDAN Keeley hopes to woo audiences by performing one of his own songs in the quarter final of the ‘Voice of Ireland’ talent competition.

BRENDAN Keeley hopes to woo audiences by performing one of his own songs in the quarter final of the ‘Voice of Ireland’ talent competition.

Brendan was promised that if he secured a place in the last 12 of the competition, he could perform one of his creations and that he did with his performance of the 1990 classic, ‘Walking in Memphis’ last weekend.

On Sunday night, Brendan didn’t escape the wrath of the judges, who seemed rather disappointed with his performance. The audience heard them level some sharp criticism at the singer.

Both Bressie and Sharon Corr were concerned that the Tullamore singer didn’t reach some of the song’s notes and the song didn’t quite work for him.

While Kian Egan liked the song, the Westlife singer felt Brendan “didn’t touch him emotionally” with the performance and he was looking for something to separate the Tullamore singer from the rest of the contestants.

Brendan’s very proud coach, Brian Kennedy was quick to defend and compliment him on his consistent performance. “The barometer is the reaction of the people in the room, who were going mad for you during this song. They were getting into it.”

And, despite the wrath of the negative comments, Brendan himself was delighted with his performance and “anything can happen now”. The public didn’t agree with the criticism either as they voted Brendan into the quarter final.

Thankfully, Brendan said that the public is what counts on the night. “You have to take it on the chin. This is all part of the business.”

Brendan will take to the stage on April 15 next to perform one of his own songs. “I was promised that if I got to the quarter finals, I could sing one of my songs and now I am really looking forward to that.”