Pop star Rachel Stevens says she is crossing her fingers that Feystown singer Kieran McKillop will win The Voice of Ireland this weekend.
Speaking to The Times during a visit to Kieran’s family farm on the Aughaboy Road, the former S Club 7 singer told of her pride that the local man, who is on her team, has made it through to the finals of the prestigious competition.
Rachel, who “stole” Kieran from fellow judge and The Saturdays star Una Healy, commented: “I believed in him, from the battles I wanted him in my team and I’m so happy that I got to steal him.
“I really believe in him and he’s doing so well and has so much potential. He has grown so much throughout the competition.
“I’m very proud of my Kieran and I’ve got my fingers crossed that he will be the next winner of The Voice of Ireland.”
Kieran, who is one step away from winning a contract with Universal music, said that being put through to the final stage of the competition on Sunday April 19 was a “surreal” experience.
He stated: “The atmosphere was next to none and there was a massive crowd of family and friends down from here. I think it was my best song performance to date, it suited me and I felt comfortable with it.”
Kieran and the remaining contestants have been living on the university campus at DCU Dublin for the past two weeks, and despite the high stakes the local man says that there is a great sense of camaraderie among the group.
He explained: “They are a great group of people and although we are up against each other we don’t feel that way. It was bittersweet to get through as I was friendly with those who went out. I’m happy I got through but sad they went out.”
With only four contestants left in the competition, Kieran says that rehearsals have increased in intensity, and began as soon as the live show ended on Sunday night. He revealed: “I am living and breathing the show and it’s unbelievable. The whole experience has been great and if I get a record contract it will be a dream come true. I would like to thank Rachel and everyone else for their support.”
Kieran’s friends and relatives expressed their pride at his achievements. Mum Patricia said she was “delighted” and would be heading down to the finals in Dublin this Sunday. Kieran’s Uncle Eamon Robbin added: “We’re really proud of Kieran, he has done really well so far and we hope he goes all the way.”