THE VOICE OF IRELAND coming to RTE in 2012. My picks for the celebrity coaches


After the surprise success that was The Voice in Holland and the US, an Irish version of the show, The Voice of Ireland, is coming to RTE in early 2012.

Many people would say, with TV3 screening both the UK & US XFactor shows this autumn, that it will be singing contest overload, however none of these shows are homegrown. There’s so much talent here in Ireland, it’s great to see that RTE is trying to discover Irish talent and give some people a break. I just hope RTE does it right and doesn’t make a boring/cringeworthy show that has people turning off in droves (see The All Ireland Talent Show).

The Voice of Ireland will follow the same format as the Holland and US versions. Four celebrity coaches (in the US the coaches were Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green & Blake Shelton) will have their backs to the auditioning contestants. If the coaches like what they hear they choose the contestant for their team.  Once the teams have been chosen, they all battle against each other until the voice is crowned. The winner of The Voice of Ireland will receive a recording contract with Universal Ireland.

The first positive step from RTE to make this show feel fresh came about with their host announcement. Kathryn Thomas will host the main show (finally RTE have found an appropriate show for Thomas. I only wish they would do the same for Lucy Kennedy. She is being wasted at RTE – bring her back to the telly!) and Eoghan McDermott, currently presenting on XFM in London and TG4, will be hosting the backstage show. It’s great to see that it’s not the same old RTE same old.

Now if only they can carry this through to the casting of their coaches. Nothing against Linda Martin or Dana, but someone different would be nice. What about the following making up the coaching panel (if their schedules allow)?

Nicky Byrne – one of the most likeable Westlife members and already has TV experience.

Imelda May – uber talented, sassy, likeable and will tell it as it is.

Sinead O’Connor – her unpredictability and natural talent could make for a great coach.

Declan O’Rourke – with his unique voice, and international success, he could be a great mentor and may even find a raw gem that the others may overlook.

RTE are going to unveil the celebrity coaches in the near future but in the meantime, RTE will announce the application process this week.

I really do hope this works and that an Irish success story comes from this show.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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3 Responses to THE VOICE OF IRELAND coming to RTE in 2012. My picks for the celebrity coaches

  1. Daniel says:

    I find it ridiculas that there is an age limit on this of 18 years old!

    All three past winners of The All Ireland Talent Show were under 18 along with alot of the other finalist and two of those winners were singers!

    How could RTE do this to the Irish Youth?!

  2. hayley says:

    I’m 17, 18 in November does that mean I can’t apply!?? 😦 please sort this rule about being 18 or over out because I really want this. I will be 18 by the time the TV auditions are out please 😦

  3. Jessica Kirwan says:

    Wat age do yeh have te be

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