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Clare Star Finishes Third In The Voice

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Scariff singer Sarah McTernan has finished third on the hit RTÉ talent show ‘The Voice of Ireland’.

On tonight’s live final, Sarah performed ‘If I Were A Boy’ by Beyoncé and Jessie J’s ‘Who You Are’.

Dublin’s Patrick Donoghue coached by Una Foden was crowned the winner of the fourth series of the RTÉ show and the Dunnes Stores employee backed up the expectation of the bookies as he was the favourite to win the title since the live shows began four weeks ago.

Fellow Dubliner Emma Humber finished in second place while Donegal sheep farmer Kieran McKillop received the fourth place spot.

Each of the four judges opened the show when they combined for a cover of ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ by The Clash.

Nineteen year old student Emma Humber was the first contestant on stage with her version of ‘Hideaway’ by Kieza. Kieran McKillop followed Humber with a performance of ‘She Will Be Loved’.

In her first performance of the night, Sarah McTernan sang ‘If I Were A Boy’ a Beyoncé song. The Clare woman received deserved praise from all four of the coaches following her performance.

Kian Egan felt it was a “great song choice”. The former Westlife member added “I think that showed you off perfectly. It’s very difficult to take a Beyoncé song and make it your own. It felt like it was your song and I thought it was a really strong performance”.

Una Foden was in full agreement with Egan. “You totally made it your own, it wasn’t like you were covering Beyoncé, you weren’t being Sasha Fierce, you were being Sarah Fierce”.

Patrick Donoghue succeeded McTernan on the stage and performed Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror”. All four contestants came together for a group performance singing ‘I Lived’ by OneRepublic. Each contestant was required to sing a second song.

For her second performance Sarah chose to sing ‘Who You Are’ the same song which wowed the judges in the Blind Auditions. Egan commented that she “nailed it” and that she is “a ready-made star” while her coach Rachel Stevens thanked Sarah for making her experience as a coach so enjoyable.

It was a “dream come true” for Ennis resident, Sarah to reach the final and she certainly didn’t disappoint on the night. Her mother Sinead added “Words cannot tell how proud I am”.

Despite finishing in a very respectable third, McTernan proved once again that she is Penneys Best after beating off competition from thousands of entries.

Check out Sarah’s live performances plus some of the comments from social media.



About Páraic McMahon

A native of Newmarket-on-Fergus, Páraic McMahon is the Chief Sportswriter with The Clare Herald.



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