Pinay advances to The Voice of Ireland live show

By Maria Aleta Nieva Nishimori,

Posted at Mar 11 2014 10:28 AM | Updated as of Mar 12 2014 06:20 PM

MANILA - Of the two Filipinos who aspired to become The Voice of Ireland, only one advanced to the live show.

Daisy Valenzuela and Roel Villones both performed on Sunday (Monday in Manila) for the coveted place in the live show.

However, it was only Valenzuela who made the cut.

Valenzuela fought it hard with another contestant, Kelly Hannon, both under Team Jamelia, during the Battle Round in front of a live audience.

They sang "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera.
One of the judges, Niall Breslin or Bressie as he is called in the show, complimented Valenzuela for the confidence she exuded during her performance.

"Daisy, you look like a pop star when you were over there. You seemed very comfortable on stage," he said.

But while the other judges, Dolores O'Riordan and Kian Egan, praised both contestants, Jamelia only had to choose one.

"The person I'm gonna be bringing through to the live show is Daisy," Jamelia decided.

On her Faceboook account, Valenzuela gave Hannon credit for being "a wonderful singer".

"What a great performance Kelly! We both did great!" she said.

Meanwhile, Villones was up against Brendan McCahey, both of Team Bressie, during the Battle Round. The duo sang their rendition to the classic Hall & Oates song "Everytime You Go Away".

"I know opera was kind of how you rehearsed, you auditioned first as an opera singer, now you've shown us another side to your voice which is very interesting if Bressie decide for you to go to the live show. You can do opera and then you can do pop," said Egan.

Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud commented, "Roel, I love you! You're just the cutest thing and I want to give you a big cuddle and I love the way you perform because you put your heart and soul in it." Harding is sitting as mentor alongside Bressie.

The 41-year old took to Facebook to thank those who followed his journey on the show.

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of ye guys for an amazing support…Your overwhelming messages/phone calls/prayers made this journey a wonderful and a meaningful one. This is only the beginning…I know God has a better plan for me. All the best and God bless you and your family. Maraming salamat," said Villones.

Villones also applauded his battle partner, McCahey, for the win.

"He is absolutely a pure gentleman, kindhearted and the coolest guy I've ever met. All the best Brendan!" he said.

Even though his dream in The Voice Ireland ended, he still appealed to those who supported him to still help fellow Filipino, Valenzuela, in the show.

"I wish to congratulate our Filipino pride---Daisy Valenzuela -- who got through last night to the live show next week. Please support our kababayan upang maitutuloy niya iwagayway ang bandilia ng Pilipinas," he said.

Valenzuela, he said, will be in the first live show on March 16.

"She needs our support. Please vote for her. Regards and God bless," said Villones.