The Voice of Ireland

The Voice of Ireland is the Irish edition of the international TV franchise The Voice, a reality singing competition created by media tycoon John de Mol. The first series began airing from 8 January 2012 on RTÉ One.[1] The coaches originally were Bressie, Sharon Corr, Kian Egan and Brian Kennedy. Kennedy left after the first series and was replaced by Jamelia. After the second series, Corr quit the show owing to other commitments and was replaced by Dolores O'Riordan. Following series 3, Dolores and Jamelia quit. The coaches for series 4 were Bressie, Una Healy, Kian Egan and Rachel Stevens. The show was hosted by Kathryn Thomas[2] and co-hosted by Eoghan McDermott, who also presented backstage show The Voice After Party in Series 3.

The Voice of Ireland
GenreReality competition
Created byJohn de Mol
Presented by
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes71
Producer(s)Screentime Shinawil Productions
Production location(s)The Helix
Running time72–104 minutes (inc. adverts)
DistributorRTÉ Commercial Enterprises Ltd.
Original networkRTÉ One
Picture format16:9
Original release8 January 2012 
24 April 2016
Preceded byThe All Ireland Talent Show
Followed byDancing with the Stars
Related showsThe Voice UK
External links

The series was part of The Voice franchise and was based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands entitled The Voice of Holland. The show replaced The All Ireland Talent Show. One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train the talents in their group and occasionally perform with them. Talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the auditioner.

The TV show "blind" auditions were held at the Helix, and were broadcast for the first five weeks of the series. The Battle Phase was broadcast over three weeks from the second week of February to the last week of February each year. The winner of the show is offered a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland worth €100,000.

The current and final holder of the crown The Voice of Ireland is the series 5 champion, Michael Lawson.

On 3 August 2016, it was announced that the show was going to be replaced by an Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing.[3]


The show replaced The All Ireland Talent Show. The Voice of Ireland aired on RTÉ One and was produced by Screentime Shinawil Productions.


The Blind Auditions for Series 1 took place at The Helix, Dublin, between 26 and 31 October 2011 in front of a live audience. The first series began on 8 January 2012 and finished on 29 April 2012. The Blind auditions for Series 2 took place at The Helix, Dublin, between 21 and 25 October 2012 at The Helix.[4] The later seasons followed a very similar schedule.

Scheduling and filming

The show took place in The Helix in Dublin. The main show aired for 90 minutes. The results show aired for 30 minutes. The show aired on Sunday nights. Filming for the Blind Auditions took place in October each year in Dublin's Helix.


The series consists of three phases:

  • Blind audition
  • Battle phase
  • Live performance shows

Blind audition

Four coaches, all famous musicians, choose teams of artists through a blind audition process. Each coach has the length of the artists performance to decide if he or she wants that artist on his or her team (twelve in the first series, more in the second); if two or more coaches want the same artist then the singer gets to choose which coach they want to work with. An addition to the third season was that RTÉ 2fm selected 5 wildcards to audition.

Battle phase

Each team of singers is mentored and developed by their coach. In the second stage, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other by singing the same song, with the coach choosing which team member will advance to the next stage. For the third series a new feature was added whereby if an act lost their battle, they are not immediately out of the competition. Each coach has one 'Steal' where they get the opportunity to take one losing act and have them join their team for the live shows. They do this by pressing their 'I Want You' button.

Live performance shows

In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience help to decide who moves on. When one team member remains for each coach, the contestants compete against each other in the finale.

Post-The Voice of Ireland

The winner of the show is offered a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland worth €100,000.

Coaches and hosts

Name Series
1 2 3 4 5
Niall Breslin
Sharon Corr
Kian Egan
Brian Kennedy
Dolores O'Riordan
Una Foden
Rachel Stevens
Kathryn Thomas Presenter
Eoghan McDermott Co-presenter

Coaches' teams and their artists

     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
Series Bressie Sharon Corr Kian Egan Brian Kennedy
1 Pat Byrne
Conor Quinn
Kiera Byrne
Gari Deegan
Jessica Pritzel
Gavin Kenny
Vanessa Whelan
Kim Hayden
Kevin Keeley
Nollaig O'Connor
Kellie Blaise
Fauve Chapman
Jim Devine
Sharon Gaynor
Liam Geddes
Elliot Canavan Doyle
Graham Dowling
Kyle Kennedy
Richie Hayes
Alan Fitzsimons
Brendan Keeley
Sinead Fox
Claire O'Loughlin
Ryan O'Shaughnessy
2 Bressie Sharon Corr Jamelia Kian Egan
Shannon Murphy
Katy Anna Mohan
Sinead O'Brien
Andrew Mann
Terri O'Reilly
Velvin Lamont
John Gaughan
Aoife McLoughlin
Tammy Browne
Mark Guildea
Stephen Hudson
Dean Anthony
Kelly Mongan
Shane McLaughlin
Ray Scully
Andy Mac Unfraidh
Karl Sheridan
Daryl Phillips
Keith Hanley
Wayne Beatty
Dylan Powell
Roisin Carlin
Jennifer Moore
Sophie Rischar
3 Bressie Dolores O'Riordan Jamelia Kian Egan
Brendan McCahey
Jamie Stanton
Sarah Sylvia
Ciara Donnelly
Pádraig Byrne
Kedar Friis-Lawrence
Kellie Lewis
Mariah Butler
Michelle Revins
Emma Walsh
Peter Whitford
John Hogan
Jay Boland
Paddy Molloy
Danica Holland
Laura O'Connor
Craig McMarrow
Pauric McLaughlin
Laura May Lenehan
Gavin Murray
Aisling Connolly
Remy Naidoo
Martin McInerney
Daisy Valenzuela
4 Bressie Rachel Stevens Una Foden Kian Egan
Emma Humber
Denise Morgan
Kayleigh Cullinan
John O'Grady
Ashley Loftus
Laura Enright
Sarah McTernan
Kieran McKillop
Patrick Kennedy
Amy Hansard
Gemma Lomar
Cian O'Melia
John Bonham
Helena Bradley Bates
Fionn Gardner
Caoin Fitz
Ciara Monaghan
Pat Fitz
Patrick Donoghue
John Sheehy
Niall O'Halloran
Kelley McArdle
Evan Cotter
Nicola Lynch
5 Michael Lawson
Moylan Brunnock
Georgina Richmond
Laura O'Connor
Matthew Soares
Ciaran O'Driscoll
Kelesa Mulcahy
Jasmine Kavanagh
Luke Ray Lacey
Nigel Connell
Emmett Daly
Emmie Reek

Series overview

Five series were broadcast as summarised below:

  •      Team Bressie
  •      Team Kian
  •      Team Sharon
  •      Team Brian
  •      Team Jamelia
  •      Team Dolores†
  •      Team Una
  •      Team Rachel
  •      Team Melanie Blatt
  •      Team Niall Horan
  •      Team John Legend

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Winning coach Presenter Coaches (order)
1 2 3 4
1 8 January 2012 29 April 2012 Pat Byrne Richie Hayes Vanessa Whelan Jim Devine Bressie Kathryn Thomas Eoghan McDermott Bressie Sharon Kian Brian
2 6 January 2013 28 April 2013 Keith Hanley Kelly Mongan Shane McLaughlin Shannon Murphy Jamelia Jamelia Kian
3 5 January 2014 27 April 2014 Brendan McCahey Kellie Lewis Laura May Lenehan Jamie Stanton Bressie Dolores†
4 4 January 2015 26 April 2015 Patrick Donoghue Emma Humber Sarah McTernan Kieran McKillop Una Healy Rachel Una
5 3 January 2016 24 April 2016 Michael Lawson Kelesa Mulcahy Nigel Connell Laura O’Connor Bressie
6 2020 2020 TBA Samantha Mumba John Niall Melanie


Series averages

Series Premiere date Finale date Episodes
(inc. results shows)
Average Irish viewers
(inc. results shows)
1 8 January 2012 29 April 2012 25 597,222
2 6 January 2013 28 April 2013 17 599,411
3 5 January 2014 27 April 2014 TBA 575,767
4 4 January 2015 26 April 2015 TBA
5 3 January 2016 26 April 2016


RTÉ described the first ever episode as "a great ratings success" as it pulled in an average of 708,000 viewers and peaked at 1.2 million.[5] It was later reported that the first 5 episodes pulled in an average of 701,000 viewers a week.[6]

Audience ratings for the first series, initially promising, had plunged by 50% by the time the live shows were broadcast and were reported to be unfavourable when compared to ratings held by its predecessor The All Ireland Talent Show.[7]

The Voice After Party

The Voice After Party is a spin-off show, discussing each show afterwards.[8]

Music releases by The Voice of Ireland contestants

As of July 2016, The Voice of Ireland has had thirteen singles and four albums chart on the top 100 on the Irish Singles and Albums Charts.


ArtistSeriesPosition in showSong titleIRE release dateIRE peak chart
Pat Byrne1Winner"What a Wonderful World"23 April 20123[9]
Richie Hayes1Runner-up"One Voice"23 April 201223[9]
Vanessa Whelan1Third place"Who Wants to Live Forever"23 April 201228[9]
Jim Devine1Fourth Place"The Dance"23 April 2012-[10]
Pat Byrne1Winner"End of the World"2 November 201261
Ryan O'Shaughnessy1Final 24"No Name"5 August 20123[11]
Pat Byrne1Winner"All or Nothing"15 March 201380
Kim Hayden1Final 8"Warrior"19 April 2013-[12]
Keith Hanley2Winner"Beggin'"29 April 201337[13]
Kelly Mongan2Runner-Up"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"29 April 201367[13]
Shannon Murphy2Fourth Place"Ho Hey"29 April 201349[13]
Ryan O'Shaughnessy1Final 24"Who Do You Love?"2 August 20133[14]
Andrew Mann2Final 16"Middle Of The Dancefloor"8 November 2013-[15]
Keith Hanley2Winner"Blue"21 February 201429
Brendan McCahey3Winner"You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover"17 April 201415
Keith Hanley2Winner"Hush"30 May 2014-
Brendan McCahey3Winner"Sweet Love"31 October 201490
Brendan McCahey3Winner"Safe and Well"10 April 2015-
Patrick Donoghue4Winner"Redemption Days"17 July 2015-
Patrick Donoghue4Winner"Judge My Love"8 April 2016-
Michael Lawson5WinnerRevival15 July 2016-


ArtistSeriesPosition in showAlbum titleIRE release dateIRE peak chart
Pat Byrne1Winner"All or Nothing"16 November 201210[16]
Ryan O'Shaughnessy1Final 24"Ryan O'Shaughnessy"13 August 20121[17]
Conor Quinn1Final 8"Golden Kids"20 August 2013-
Andrew Mann2Final 16"Hidden In Plain Sight"31 December 2013 (re-release)-
Kim Hayden1Final 8"Better"14 February 2014-
Keith Hanley2Winner"Hush"7 March 201417
Brendan McCahey3Winner"To Where I Begin"14 November 201420


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