Sarah McTernan has secured a place in the live finals of the popular RTÉ talent show, ‘The Voice of Ireland’.
Scariff native McTernan faced off with Tara Gannon Carr of Clonbern, Co Galway in the Battles stage of the competition with the pair performing a duet of ‘Changing’ by Sigma and Paloma Faith.
Despite struggling with nerves prior to the performance, it didn’t affect Sarah as she was selected by former S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens to advance to the live shows of the competition.
Una Foden of The Saturdays felt that there was something different about Sarah’s performance in comparison with her blind audition. For Sarah it started slightly off, it was actually Tara that brought it back, which is hard because I loved your audition Sarah, your voice and everything. It didn’t sound the same tonight but that’s the song I suppose”.
Rachel Stevens who is the mentor of both McTernan and Gannon Carr on the show, believed that the duo have more capability in them than what they showcased. “Vocally I think the both of you sounded great, I don’t understand what Una was hearing, I didn’t hear it all. My one thing is you were giving me fifty percent and you could have gone all out. I think you girls have to believe in yourselves, you’ve got it all going on so you’ve just got to embrace that”.
Stevens admitted that it was a difficult decision picking which act to send through but opted for Scariff’s Sarah McTernan as she felt she was the competitor who could be pushed on and nurtured and who had “the most potential in the competition”.
Speaking after being put through to the live shows, Sarah was delighted to go further in the show. “I’m thrilled. After every stage you don’t expect to go through, but each time you make it, it gets more exciting”.
An employee of Penneys, McTernan was quiet critical of her own performance “Tara performed way better than I did. I wasn’t happy with my performance at all. I honestly don’t know why I got through. I was expecting her to get through. I wasn’t happy with the performance, but in a way I’m glad I am not happy with it. It will push me to work harder in the next round and to go further”.
In the aftermath of her exit from the competition, Galway woman Tara Gannon Carr said she is fully behind her competitor as she prepares for the next stage of the competition. “She’s brilliant; I’m backing her all the way”.
Sarah’s next appearance on ‘The Voice of Ireland’ is expected to air in Mid-March where she will have to sing three songs live.
Fellow Clare women; Kate Purcell and Cristin Nolan will appear on the show this Sunday as they go into battle hoping to emulate the feat of McTernan and advance to the live shows.
The Voice of Ireland is produced by Screentime Shinawil and airs on RTÉ One on Sunday evenings at 6.30pm.
Check out Sarah McTernan and Tara Gannon Carr in the Battle Stage below.