A farmer from a small village in Tyrone with only one pub and no shops is all set to take to the stage in the Central Hotel Donegal Town next Saurday evening (23rd)
Jim Devine from outside Tyrone is no ordinary farmer however – the Tyrone man took part in RTE’s successful ‘The Voice’ and attracted very favourable reviews from both the judges and the voters from all parts of the country.
The farm he works on has been in his family for over 100 years, but music is his passion and has always been his dream and prior to the television show he was gigging in the local pubs and lounges.
Jim still believes he’s got the voice to go all the way and even though he auditioned for X-Factor this year and got as far as boot camp he said ‘The Voice’ would be the biggest break he’s ever had especially in this country.
Jim impressed voters throughout the country with his performances of “Better”, “I can’t make you love me”. “Over the Rainbow” and “The Dance” to name but a few and made it all the way to the final.
The Tyrone man generated quite a bit of controversy when his mentor Kian Egan discovered that his act wasn’t able to gather the support of his family at the final hurdle of ‘The Voice of Ireland’. The competition offered a contract with Universal for the winning contestant but Egan said he believed that Jim Devine had an “unfair disadvantage”.
The Weslife singer said at the time, “Nobody in Northern Ireland where Jim is from can actually download his single so therefore he is at a huge disadvantage.
“Every single download counts as a vote so he hasn’t had any of his own family or friends or support network in Northern Ireland being able to download it. I’m very ticked off about it. In fairness to Jim, he’s trying to not let it affect him. It’s a really unfair situation though”.
He insisted that it wasn’t about winning the show as his coach – he said that he just wanted Jim to have a fair shot at it but that he was losing out around 1,000 votes by not having his support network in Northern Ireland being able to download the song.
Jim did not let all the controversy get to him and put in an excellent performance on the final night with the classic “I’m already there”
Jim was pipped at the post on the final hurdle in a show that was tremendously successful and one that many believe that Mullingar man, former rugby player “Bressie” was the real winner!
He may not have won the show but he has won the hearts of many fans throughout the country and no doubt Jim Devine will put in yet another great performance on Saturday night in Donegal Town’s Central Hotel.