Downings’ man Shane McLaughlin put in the performance of a life time last night on The voice, but the public vote didn’t go his way and he finished third in the hugely populat tv show singing competition.
On last night’s show Shane gave a riveting performance with his solo version of the Frames classic “Fake” and then joined his fellow contestants singing Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Good time’.
He then joined the legendary Steve Wall for a rendition of the Stunning’s ‘Brewing Up a Storm’ which ended with presenter Kathryn Thomas’s unscripted entry having miscued her walk on before the song finished.
McLaughlin was said to be deeply hurt by the unprecedented and blistering attack by British pop singer Jamelia on the very day of the competition. The pop singer in an interview with the Sunday World yesterday, said, “There are acts that have left us that should still be here and there is one act this week that shouldn’t nbe in the competition. Anybody who watches the show will know who I am talking about.”
Family sources told this newspaper “Shane is not hurt for himself but for his family, his friends and the hundreds of people from all around the country who have voted for him week in, week out.
“The attack on the morning of the show was deliberate and calculated and totally uncalled for especially when all the competitors were in such high spirits.”
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat on Friday last Shane said that irrespective of the result on Sunday night that the Voice had been an all-win experience for him. He said, “Let’s face it late last year I was facing emigration to Canada like many of my friends in the county - our band split up with many of the lads emigrating, I was facing the same situation.
“As an engineer I had worked on many of the large road projects around the country including the Bundoran/Ballyshannon bypass but all this dried up with the recession.
“An audition came up for the Voice and I suppose the rest is history. It has provided me with an unbelievable showcase; I have been there since the start so with over 700,000 viewers watching it every week, you just cannot buy this type of exposure. had to leave.
“I have my new single coming out next week so I can thank “The Voice” for the opportunity to remain at home when others have had to leave the country. It has been a great opportunity for me.”