Derry man Ciaran O’Driscoll blew the coaches away with his operatic take on ‘Sweet Dreams’ by The Eurythmics on the BBC’s The Voice this evening.
But unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough to turn those all-important chairs.
The 26-year-old, who was inspired to take up singing by Welsh soprano Charlotte Church, failed to win over the judges – but the audience loved him.
The former Lumen Christi College pupil said: “I was trained as a counter-tenor and I think my audition surprised the four judges, who weren’t sure if I was one person or two, as I go from high to low in the song.
“I’d never done anything like this before and although I was naturally nervous, I have to admit I was thrilled with my performance. I wouldn’t normally say something like that but the audience really lifted me and the adrenaline pushed me into the right place so I gave the best performance I could.”
He works front-of-house at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane in London.
“I went to the same school as Ben Kelly, who took part in series one, and I was assistant director of Sweeney Todd at the Millennium Forum, which Rachael O’Connor from last year’s series was in, but it was really Leah McFall who inspired me to give it a go,” said Ciaran.
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