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Sarah McTernan

Ennis singer auditions to be the next Voice of Ireland

THE Voice of Ireland may have found an Ennis voice to represent County Clare ahead of the screening of Sarah McTernan’s audition in the New Year.

The popular singing competition returns for a fourth season on Sunday January 4 on RTÉ One where the coaching panel made up of Una Foden and Rachel Stevens, Kian Egan and Bressie will determine who gets a spot in the series.

Among those who are due to go on stage to perform in blind auditions in front of them is Sarah McTernan from Ennis. The 20 year old is currently studying vocals and dance at the University of Limerick and she will sing Who You Are by Jessie J for her audition.

Speaking about her passion for music and reasons for going on the show, the Ennis woman says her Mum has always pushed her to sing and play instruments. However, she says she has only recently started gigging and writes some of her own material. She is currently involved in a band called Replica, who performed as part of a charity gig in Ennis on Friday night.

Sarah describes her vocal style as bluesy and she said she is very influenced by Adele.

Each of the four coaches on the Voice of Ireland pick their top 14 acts to perform in the Battle stages. The first episode will see contestants from around the country perform for a place in the coveted Battle round.

The blind auditions will be aired each Sunday from January 4 to February 15, with Sarah McTernan’s audition taking place during the first episode on Sunday January 4.

From February 22 the series moves into the battle stages and then onto Live shows in Dublin’s Helix for a chance to win a recording contract with Universal.

The Voice of Ireland is produced by Screentime Shinawil and airs on RTÉ One on Sunday evenings at 6.30pm.

About Carol Byrne

Carol Byrne is a reporter at The Clare Champion newspaper reporting on news in the East Clare area and the arts. She also covers the courts in County Clare and has received four national awards for this coverage from the Law Society of Ireland. A Masters in journalism graduate of NUI Galway, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Limerick in Music and Media Studies. She began her career interning at The Limerick Leader and Clare FM, before taking up a full time post at The Clare Champion in 2006.

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