Brendan Keeley thrilled with local support as he advances in Voice of Ireland

THERE is no stopping Tullamore singer, Brendan Keeley as he secured his place in the next round of the talent competition, the Voice of Ireland, this week.

THERE is no stopping Tullamore singer, Brendan Keeley as he secured his place in the next round of the talent competition, the Voice of Ireland, this week.

Looking genuinely shocked when the results were announced, it seems Brendan’s years of experience as a performer and the hectic week of rehearsals stood to the 51 year old as he gave it his all with his version of the song ‘You are So Beautiful to me’, made popular by Joe Cocker.

And, Brendan is certainly feeling ‘pretty good’ after Sunday’s show. “I was shocked by the result as the standard is getting higher and higher. It was a sheer relief and I am delighted the way it went for me.”

The Tullamore performer is also delighted with the amount of good will and wishes out there for him since he began his bid to try and secure the ultimate prize of a recording contract with Universal Records.

“I would like to say a huge thank you for all the local support out there for me. It has been fantastic.”

On Sunday night, there were some mixed reactions from the show’s coaches about Brendan’s performance.

Bressie finally acknowledging Brendan’s style of singing while Westlife star, Kian Egan, was slightly critical of the song choice and thought perhaps, that Brendan could have done something that would have made him stand out from the crowd bit more.

Sharon gave positive feedback on his performance and his coach, Brian Kennedy was as supportive as ever.

But, Brendan himself was delighted with his song choice. “I loved it and really enjoyed it,” the singer said.

However, his ultimate goal is to perform one of his own songs if he gets through the next stages of the competition.

“I am looking forward to the next stages of the competition,” he enthused adding that he has a ‘fairly good chance’ to get to the final 12 contestants in the coming weeks.

“Anything can happen at this stage,” he added.