“Limerick Through The Lens” 256p book feat. pic(s) of Dolores

October 16, 2014  |  Comments Off on “Limerick Through The Lens” 256p book feat. pic(s) of Dolores  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

A new 256p book featuring hundreds of photos taken by the Limerick Leader photographers was published this week.
Photos come from the archive of this Irish local newspaper and many of them are published for the first time. It appears that there is (are?) picture(s) of Dolores O’ Riordan among many other Irish famous faces like, for instance, Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy.

“Limerick Through The Lens” 256p book

The book costs €29.99 and seems unfortunately to be only available locally.
More details in this Limerick Leader article.

More on O’Riordan/Rourke collaboration

October 15, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan

In the Spring of 2014, Dolores told journalist Nicky Byrne from RTÉ 2fm that she had already written some new stuff for her upcoming album and would collaborate with The Smith’s Andy Rourke.

The work is probably in progress as Instagram user itshowtimee posted a few days ago (Oct.10) a photo of the 2 rock stars together at “Cork ‘n Fork”, a tapas & wine bar/restaurant located in New York City. The guy is an employee from the bar and also added in the comments that Dolores and Andy had already visited the place twice last week and had planned to return.

Dolores, Andy and Instagram user itshowtimee – “Cork ‘n Fork” restaurant (Oct.10)

Let’s note that this collaboration with Andy Rourke seems more likely to feature on her third solo album than her project with Eric Alexandrakis which looks more like a “side project collaboration”, but who knows what the future holds?


UPDATE:

It seems the duo is having fun in New York City.
First Dolores made a “big entrance” at The Fourth as reported on pagesix.com:

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Secondly, a new photo posted a couple of hours ago on Twitter by musician BOSCO is now showing Dolores kissing Mr Rourke after drinking some “vino”. Looks like these two are getting along pretty well!


BOSCO, Dolores and Andy – Oct.15

BOSCO:
Vino with my idols.
Great meeting Delores from The Cranberries and Andy from The Smiths tonight

Now official: Dolores will not be a judge on VOI’s new series

October 3, 2014  |  Comments Off on Now official: Dolores will not be a judge on VOI’s new series  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Voice of Ireland

Rumors were true it’s now official. It has just been announced in an article entitled “Una Foden will take a red chair as new judge on the Voice of Ireland” published by Independent.ie that Dolores O’ Riordan will definitely not seat in the red chair this year as Una Foden, from the band The Saturdays, will be the third coach on new series of the TV show “The Voice of Ireland”. As we know, Dolores was not willing to return to the show as commuting from Canada to Ireland was very tiring.

The singer is also supposed to be releasing a third solo album at this end of this year/beginning of 2015 and should then be going on tour to promote her news songs which should not allow her enough time to dedicate to “The Voice of Ireland”.

Let’s note Jamelia should not return either due to expensive commute from London every week. Her replacement has not been announced yet.


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Inauguration of the Polish Presidency 2011 – HD VIDEO

September 11, 2014  |  7 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

A year and a half ago, one of our readers, Piotr from Poland, sent us the HD 1080 video of Dolores performing for the “Inauguration of the Polish Presidency” on July 1, 2011 recorded on TVP HD. The video was uploaded in 4 parts and for some reason one of them was corrupted and we never succeeded to watch it.

This week we recontacted Piotr and he agreed to re-send/re-upload it. He also agreed to share it with the world and gave us permission to spread his direct link so here we go. It is the complete performance, it is about 410 MB and it really is worth it, take a look at the 2 screen caps below if you have any doubts.
Enjoy!

DIRECT LINK HERE

This special performance with the symphonic orchestra really is one of a kind and this is maybe the first time most of us will see it in HD. If like us you like this video maybe take a minute to thank Piotr by leaving a word (in the “leave a reply” below) or just a thank you and in Polish please… or not!

Screen captures from the HD 1080 video

A small message from Dolores

August 26, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan

As mentioned yesterday, Dolores is joining Eric Alexandrakis today to record a track called “La Fine”. Much to our delight, the songwriter producer just posted a message from Dolores on his Facebook:

A message from a friendly voice: “Great to be working with Eric, chillaxing in the forest. Always good times with the bears…because the bears don’t care…look at you now…don’t fade away. Love, Dolores”

Although it is great to learn she’s enjoying the collaboration and we’re quite happy that she delivered a message to Alexandrakis for the fans to read (she, who usually doesn’t give much news while in studios as she’s not too much into the internet tools), we can’t help but notice that she still sounds haunted by her old demons, alluding to people’s judgement, and the disappointment of being let down.

Let’s hope songwriting, as well as this break post The Voice will help her achieve some closure.

Vocals going down tomorrow for Dolores on “La Fine”

August 25, 2014  |  Comments Off on Vocals going down tomorrow for Dolores on “La Fine”  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

As often these last weeks, news about Dolores come from the composer/musician Eric Alexandrakis who informs us on his Facebook that Dolores should record some vocals tomorrow on an “Electrons” track he wrote called “La Fine”. “Electrons” probably is the name of the project or band (?) Good news.

@DolORiordan vox going down tomorrow on an Electrons track I wrote called “La Fine”. It’s going to be fantastico, e molto impressionante.

 

“Limerick City of Culture 2014” continues…

August 19, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Noel Hogan has been working hard for the city of Limerick this year with different musical projects like “The Pigtown Fling” album & concert as well as “The Music Bus”. Now it is Dolores’ turn to do something…again!

After playing live with the Irish Chamber Orchestra for the grand opening concert on New Year’s Eve, a new article entitled “Dolores O’Riordan adds to Limerick’s Limericks walking tour” published by Hot Press today informs us that she recently joined the list of celebrities who have written a “Limerick writing”.

Here is her poem/thought/word about her hometown:

In this here town my life begun,
I left this place when I was young
To seek my fortune, say my say,
I found myself so far away
I made my mark, life moved on, this is the town that made me strong

Anyone can participate, not only celebrities!
Apparently the contest, because it appears to be a contest, already received a huge volume of entries. Winners will be featured on the upcoming virtual walking tour of the city. So if you think you have something to say about Limerick and would like to join in, you can still send your words until August 25th. Dolores probably already won (or more probably she is out of competition) and will be featured.

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3 new drawings of Dolores/T.C. by the one and only The Hand

August 13, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

If you are a long time Cranberries fan you know The Hand FOR SURE. He is possibly the best cartoonist who has ever drawn The Cranberries. These last couple of days he published on Facebook 3 new drawings of Dolores and the band. Everyone may recognize different periods in time:

This first drawing clearly is inspired by Dolores’ last look on “The Voice of Ireland” TV show, a very 1993 look with hair partially shaved and rings on the ears. This one was published today, August 13th.

This second drawing seems to be a mix between past and present. Dolores still has the recent look of “The Voice of Ireland” while her pose reminds of us of an old picture of her. Published on August 9th.

This one belongs to the old times with the whole band and the legendary sofa. Published on August 4th.

Just for fun, let’s pay attention to this fourth drawing which does NOT represent any band members as it is just two “hipster” runners according to The Hand, but the look of these guys is very close to that of Noel Hogan these days, don’t you think so? Published on August 6th.

Brilliant!
The Hand is still a very talented five star artist.

More on O’Riordan collaboration with Eric Alexandrakis

August 12, 2014  |  Comments Off on More on O’Riordan collaboration with Eric Alexandrakis  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan

As you might remember, Eric Alexandrakis recently stated that Dolores was involved in three music projects with him. Although it seems unlikely that these tracks will be included on Dolores’ third solo album, we’re learning a little more every week about these projects. Indeed, American record producer and musician Anthony J. Resta tweeted the following yesterday:

Mixing/post production at Encore studios Dolores O’Riordan singing over @ELECTRONSMUSIC track. Sounding fab!

 

It is to be noted that ELECTRONS is one of Eric Alexandrakis’ projects along with Warren Cuccurullo, Steve Ferrone, Roger O’Donnell and Anthony J. Resta.
This could be one of the reasons why Dolores travelled several times to L.A. while recording “The Voice of Ireland” at the beggining of the year as this is were the Encore Studios are located.

Dolores definitely not coming back to “The Voice of Ireland”

August 7, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Voice of Ireland

According to the article entitled “The Voice could have new a line-up of coaches with none yet signed up for new series” published by the Irish Mirror yesterday, Dolores O’ Riordan is definitely not coming back to the TV show “The Voice of Ireland”.

Well, even if we already had clues about it and even if it still hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, it seems quite clear that Dolores is not returning for another season next year unless producers would like to spring a surprise… with those kind of TV shows you never know!


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2 rare and unreleased new pictures

August 4, 2014  |  2 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

Fanberries just added 2 great rare pictures on Facebook, thanks to him for these 2 gems!
First one was taken in Cork Ireland at Sir Henry’s on June 1, 1991 and originally appeared online on Dailyedge.ie’s website inside an article about the legendary venue and some of its memorabilia. It is unclear whether this show is one of the last under the name The Cranberry Saw Us or one of the first (maybe the first) under the name The Cranberry’s.

Dolores and Fergal at Sir Henry’s – June 1, 1991

The second picture is quite recent in comparison. This is not really a picture as it is usually understood but one from the official guestbook of the concert’s venue (Auditorio Nacional) signed by Dolores on September 2, 2007 in Ciudad de México (Mexico City).

Official guestbook – Ciudad de México – Sept.2, 2007

We don’t see that kind of information too often as generally it is not supposed to be public. For example another guestbook we have here on CW comes from the very last show (to this day) of The Cranberries and is signed by all 4 band members.

O’Riordan’s collaborator brain-teases fans

August 3, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Eric Alexandrakis, who is currently collaborating with Dolores O’ Riordan, left a “fill-in-the-blank” message yesterday on Facebook regarding their upcoming music projects:

Alright alright, you’ve twisted our arms. Dolores O’Riordan and I are working on three projects together. One is a ___u__a__ for an ___i_____ _i__, the other is a collab for the __e____, and the third is a _e___ for a multimedia project and traveling exhibit. I hope that clears things up;)

Anyone resolved the puzzle?
Thanks to Litsa for the info.

Sinéad O’Connor to take over Dolores on “The Voice”

July 22, 2014  |  Comments Off on Sinéad O’Connor to take over Dolores on “The Voice”  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

As mentioned in most of the main Irish newspapers last week, a source close to Dolores announced that she should not take part to the RTÉ talent contest next year.

Although she was “credited with breathing a fresh lease of life into the show” and said several times that she enjoyed the experience, it seems the lengthy journey back and forth from Canada was a too hard to endure every week.

Let us remind you that the singer is also expected to release a third solo album this winter and probably tour in 2015.

Producers are now casting to find a new judge to replace Dolores, discussing with UK-based stars such as Una Healy or Pixie Lott, though a new name poped up yesterday in the Sunday World as Kathryn Thomas – host of The Voice of Ireland – told journalists that, according to her, “Sinéad O’Connor would be a great replacement for Dolores“.

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As a consequence, The Independent announced this morning that O’Connor “should take over as coach on The Voice of Ireland if Dolores departs as expected“.
Quite a surprising statement as it’s hard to picture “the other Irish singer” doing such a TV show… but who knows!

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Let’s still note that Sinéad O’Connor was rumored several times to seat in the red chair in the past years, which never turned out to happen.

Dolores O’ Riordan to produce Kellie Lewis’ first EP

May 28, 2014  |  2 Comments  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Voice of Ireland

As reported previously Dolores O’ Riordan is going to help her favorite “The Voice Of Ireland” contestant Kellie Lewis with the recording of her new songs, and now, according to Kellie’s Twitter, we know that Dolores will produce her first EP.

En route to studio-
This is day 1 of recording my E.P with Dolores as the producer and I’m so excited!!

 

Dolores O’ Riordan to work with Eric Alexandrakis

May 28, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’ Riordan to work with Eric Alexandrakis  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O' Riordan

Eric Alexandrakis  is currently working with Dolores O’ Riordan on some new music according to his Facebook new post:

Excited to be working on new music with the uniquely talented Dolores O’Riordan [The Cranberries].

 

It is still unknown what kind of collaboration will take place between Dolores and Eric. Iis he producing? Is he co-writing new songs? Time will tell…

Eric Alexandrakis is a Greek singer/songwriter/composer/producer living in Miami, FL. According to his bio, he is best known for incorporating “a brand new technology invented by his long time friend, inventor Scott Moskowitz; that technology was digital watermarking […] which is now used by every company in the world that uses any form of digital exchange, from record labels, to film studios, to banks and more“.


Eric Alexandrakis

Eric also worked with Duran Duran’s John Taylor as well as William Shatner, John Malkovich, David Lynch and others. His official bio says that “he recently formed a composing collective, Electrons, which includes collaborations with the likes of Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Blondie, Scissor Sisters), Roger O’Donnell (The Cure) and Warren Cuccurullo (Missing Persons, Duran Duran), and various others“.

Eric had two Top-20 songs in the Adult Contemporary charts, “Stealing Christmas” and “Hear Comes the Snow!” both still available on digital platforms like iTunes.

Erick Alexandrakis – “Here Comes The Snow!”

Dolores to work on Kellie Lewis’ EP

May 5, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores to work on Kellie Lewis’ EP  |  by Jury  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Voice of Ireland

According to a new interview with Kellie Lewis entitled “Kellie and Dolores to work together” published yesterday by the Limerick Leader, Dolores wants to help her favorite “The Voice of Ireland” contestant with the recording of her debut EP.

Dolores now wants to work with me on my original music. That wouldn’t have been possible if I had won, so I am really happy
I feel free at the moment. I feel really lucky. The be-all and end-all was getting to work with Dolores so now getting to work with her even further, after the show has finished, is my dream come true.

Kellie Lewis of Team Dolores took second place in “The Voice of Ireland” final, losing out on the top spot to Brendan McCahey from Team Bressie.

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Fellow Voice of Ireland coach, Jamelia, responds to Dolores’s take on Feminism

April 29, 2014  |  Comments Off on Fellow Voice of Ireland coach, Jamelia, responds to Dolores’s take on Feminism  |  by Shannon  |  The Voice of Ireland

Over the course of her participation in “The Voice of Ireland”, Dolores has been outspoken about her disapproval of the use of “erotic dancing” in some of the performances on the program. Dolores recently told journalist Barry Egan, in an interview for The Independent, that women “should not have to fall prey to the victimization of being some kind of sexual piece of stuff.  We are people and we should have equal rights.

Dolores also criticized fellow “The Voice of Ireland” coach, Jamelia, personally, stating that Jamelia was “intimidated by the beauty” of Team Dolores contestant, and second place finalist, Kellie Lewis.

Jamelia has now publically responded to Dolores’s comments, saying that she disagrees with Dolores’s opinion on feminism.

I think that any woman who chooses to be unashamedly who she is, is a feminist and that goes from a stripper to a nun”, Jamelia was quoted as responding, according to Herald.ie

She went on to explain: “Being a feminist means it’s OK to be my version of a woman and that’s who I am. But everyone’s entitled to their opinion and as you know, we all have very strong ones.


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The differing viewpoints between coaches Jamelia and Dolores created banter that quickly became a hallmark for series three of “The Voice of Ireland”.

Seems that it’s time for Dolores to take a break from The Voice…

April 29, 2014  |  Comments Off on Seems that it’s time for Dolores to take a break from The Voice…  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan

A new interview entitled “Dolores O’Riordan: I’ve no regrets about The Voice, but I NEED a break” was published today on Sundayworld.com showing that Dolores did overall enjoy her experience on the TV show but is quite happy that it is now reaching an end

She reveals that it was all about doing something different to have a good laugh – which got her closer to Kian Egan with whom she should stay in touch – but in no way to make money nor to promote herself to a new, younger, audience.

She told the Sundayworlds that Kian Egan “is just as bonkers as me and we have the craic. I don’t have the same relationship with Jamelia and Bressie. They would be more stiff than us […] I think I will stay in touch with him but probably not with the other two.

The journalist then explains that Dolores has actually been spending most of the money she received from the production company to commute back and forth between Dublin and her home in rural Ontario. A weekly schedule which she admits was exhausting, hence the fact she was in a hurry “to fly home after the final and not have to worry about saying goodbye to my family within a day or two“.

This article also comes as a confirmation that Dolores was not willing to perform at any time on the set of The Voice: “And, no, I will not be performing at the final. I just don’t want to. I’m not there to sing. I’m there to coach“.

She even confesses that she did not like the idea of having her contestants singing some her songs too much: “One of the girls at one point wanted to sing one of The Cranberries songs but it didn’t work so we dropped it. I don’t really care if they want to do it. But if they are doing to do it, they’ll do it right” she said, laughing.

The article also contains a few anecdotes which we advise you to read…

Dolores O’ Riordan to collaborate with The Smiths’ Andy Rourke

April 27, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores O’ Riordan to collaborate with The Smiths’ Andy Rourke  |  by Luc  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Cranberries

In an interview on RTÉ 2fm on April 18th, Dolores O’ Riordan told Nicky Byrne that she is to collaborate with Andy Rourke (The Smiths, Morrissey).

I have written a bunch of new stuff“, told Dolores.

She also told Byrne that she’ll go to Los Angeles to meet some casting agents as she is interested to get some cameos or small roles there. For O’Riordan, her experience on The Voice was to see if she liked doing some TV. And she did.

Dolores also indicated there is no plan for a Cranberries reunion right now. “You know I just did a reunion tour a couple years ago, and then I did another album, Roses. It just started to be predictable again. It’s nice to move on, different shores, different expriences…

Dolores and ex-Westlife member Byrne also remembered about their duet in 2001 at the Vatican Christmas Concert with “Little Drummer Boy”.

You can listen to the interview on our interview section on CW.
Dolores interview starts around 1:36:00 (podcast no longer available)

Dolores: new interview on music industry & The Voice

April 27, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  Dolores O' Riordan, The Voice of Ireland

Seems like Dolores doesn’t choose any journalist to speak about her old demons: Barry Egan just published a new exclusive interview this morning in the “Sunday Independent” (in print and online) entitled “You get to the point where you want to die just to get peace” in which the Limerick woman and her mother Eileen discuss about the music business pressure the singer had to handle in her career back in the 90s.

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It’s one of the first interview of this kind, with Eileen explaining how worried she was for a daughter back then: “I was very worried about her. She was unable to tell me or explain or communicate very well” adding that she once told a prominent music business executive “if anything happens to her, I will kill you.

Dolores then explains: “You get to the point where you want to die [… ] because you think that you’ll get peace when you’re dead and you can’t get any worse than you are”, thus shedding a light on the troubles she went through during the “To The Faithful Departed” era.

Once she concludes “I realise now that life isn’t about money, fame. Actually, all that crap. It’s simply love that’s important“, Dolores then talks about her experience on The Voice of Ireland, again mentioning how Jamelia and her are just the opposite, Jamelia using “sexuality to be heard or to be seen or to get attention” whereas, as a feminist, Dolores feels like they should go against “misogynistic elements” that exist “in the pop industry internationally as well as sexual inequality in Ireland“.


Dolores with her mother Eileen in Bruff, Co. Limerick – Photos: Kyran O’Brien

About “The Final” on TV tonight, Dolores says that she will be surprised if her candidate, Kellie Lewis, doesn’t win. She describes her as “as a kind of a suffragette kind of a woman. She is a feminist. She doesn’t have her boobs hanging out. I love her for that. She has self-esteem and respect. That is good for women.

So good luck to Kellie for this final step!

The Voice experience will be all over tomorrow and Dolores has already booked her flight to Canada on Monday morning…

Last but not least, as a web extra The Independent published a 7+ min. video of the interview. How great!

Dolores and her mother Eileen interviewed by Barry Egan – Web extra video!

A quick report of “The Voice of Ireland” semi-final last weekend

April 23, 2014  |  Comments Off on A quick report of “The Voice of Ireland” semi-final last weekend  |  by Axl  |  The Voice of Ireland

Last weekend some members of the CW team went to “The Voice of Ireland” semi final.
It was quite an interesting show even if Dolores didn’t perform with her team as all other coaches did on the previous shows. Of course, Kellie being the only one left in the team, it would have been reduced to duet instead of a team performance, but we were secretly hoping that the 2 girls would perform “Zombie” together, which could have been quite enjoyable… well, it didn’t happen and it seems it won’t be happening either next Sunday as some unofficial sources mentioned Dolores should not be performing AT ALL on the show.

As a member of the audience, we can tell that the show was very pleasant to watch, Dolores appeared to be in a great mood and had a killer new look including great new haircut: she shaved her hair on the sides and had red highlights pretty much everywhere. She also had new rings in her ears, which made her look very rock and roll like in 1993. Great great great!!!
She arrived quite late at the Helix as she was suffering of pleurisy (as you probably noticed on TV) but it didn’t affect her good spirit as she seemed quite happy to be here and stole the show like she usually does. Who didn’t like her “I do what I want” pose during a big part of the show? She even clowned around off-camera during commercial breaks and talked to many members of the audience.

Dolores and Bressie clowning around during commercials

Dolores actively supported Kellie all along the show and was the only coach who got up to hug her candidate and wish her good luck before her performance. She also wore a crown of flowers at some point to show her some support, which apparently worked well.
Good karma!

Similarly to the previous season of “The Voice of Ireland”, the last 4 candidates should be meeting their coach in their hometown the week before the final. It seems that this special film report already took place last Monday with Kellie’s family and friends and it should be broadcast during the show next Sunday. It had to be done just before Dolores leaves Ireland to go to New York City where she should be playing a concert tonight with Zucchero.

Last but not least, good luck to Kellie.
The final round shouldn’t be easy. Indeed, it seemed quite clear at The Helix that the fight would be tough against Brendan… unless the under the radar girl Laura May or even the very outsider rocker Jamie steal the crown!

A crown made of roses to support Kellie

Dolores is suffering of pleurisy and was a bit tired

“The Voice of Ireland” – Team Dolores Battles: Recap

March 15, 2014  |  Comments Off on “The Voice of Ireland” – Team Dolores Battles: Recap  |  by Jury  |  The Voice of Ireland

The Battle stage of “The Voice of Ireland” is over so here’s a recap of #TeamDolores performances!
The 1st battle was Nella Dwyer Vs. John Hogan Jr. performing “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.
Dolores chose John thanks to his quirky and passionate performance. Unfortunately no other coaches “stole” Nella in spite of her beautiful interpretation and unusual tone.

1st battle: Nella Dwyer Vs. John Hogan Jr

The 2nd battle was a three way battle between Peter Whitford, Anna O’ Hanlon and Thomas Kinney singing “Breakeven” by The Script. This was a very awkward and strange performance (to say the least) as other coaches noted, and Dolores chose Peter even though he had a laryngitis. Anyway, kudos to Anna and Thomas for trying their best singing this quite difficult song!

2nd battle: Peter Whitford Vs. Anna O’ Hanlon Vs. Thomas Kinney

Then a steal happened…
Impressed by her performance of Foo Fighters’ “My Hero”, Dolores stole Emma Walsh from Team Bressie.

Dolores stole Emma Walsh from Team Bressie

The 3rd battle was Sean Sunderland Vs. Mariah Butler performing “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day. It was a very powerful and well-rehearsed performance. After some consideration, Dolores decided to go with Mariah who has a really powerful and beautiful voice.

3rd battle: Sean Sunderland Vs. Mariah Butler

The 4th battle was Michelle Revins Vs. Jamie Stanton performing Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and… there was standing ovation at the end! Even though both guys performed so well and passionate, Dolores decided to take Michelle because she was the only person to make her cry during her first performance at the Blind Auditions. But good things happened to Jamie, too: he was stolen by Bressie!

4th battle: Michelle Revins Vs. Jamie Stanton

The last and 5th battle featured Kellie Lewis Vs. Pauric McLoughlin performing “True Colours” by Cyndi Lauper. Other coaches noted that the song choice was more suitable for the vocals of Kellie thus making Pauric a little bit uncomfortable singing this “girlish” song. Dolores chose Kellie, but Pauric – thanks to his impressive performance at the Blind Auditions! – was stolen by Kian.

5th battle: Kellie Lewis Vs. Pauric McLoughlin 

The Live shows of “The Voice of Ireland” begin this Sunday! Team Dolores has now 6 contestants:

Mariah Butler
Michelle Revins
Kellie Lewis
John Hogan Jr.
Peter Whitford
Emma Walsh (stolen from Team Bressie)

The first Live show this Sunday will feature Kellie Lewis, Michelle Revins and John Hogan Jr. from Team Dolores as well as other great contestants from other teams. Good luck, guys!

Dolores to join Zucchero on stage in New York

February 20, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dolores to join Zucchero on stage in New York  |  by Webmaster  |  Dolores O' Riordan

It seems that Dolores O’ Riordan will be joining Zucchero on stage in New York City at the Madison Square Garden on April 23rd. The Italian singer will indeed start his Americana Tour 2014 in March, though it seems only the New York City concert should include some featuring appearances under the name “Zu & Co.”

As usual, Dolores should be performing the song “Pure Love” which features on Zucchero’s album “Zu&Co.” released in 2004.

Zu & Co. – “Pure Love” – London, Royal Albert Hall (2004)

You can buy tickets from Zucchero’s official website.
Special packages are also available for Italian fans by contacting www.francorossoitalia.com via the following email address: concerti@francorossoitalia.com

Special packages advert for “Zu & Co.” in NYC

“The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #6

February 10, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

Tonight was the sixth and very last session of The Voice of Ireland’s Blind Auditions.
For this final round, coaches were expected to complete their team with at least 10 artists to go to the next stage.

With 9 candidates, one could thus think that Dolores wouldn’t hit the button much tonight, which is not what happened as coaches are actually allowed to go up to 12 artists if they want to. Hence the fact that our “talent magnet” fought twice during this show and managed to add 2 candidates to her team.

Peter Whitford was the first talent to get through this round with Dolores.
He actually managed to have all four coaches in a spin by revisiting the Spice Girls’ song “Viva Forever”. Coaches unanimously acclaimed Peter, which, as Bressie mentioned, doesn’t happen too often but was indeed well deserved here, as shown by the standing ovation Kian gave him. They accurately described his performance as unusual due to his rich tone and the uniqueness of his voice.
While Jamelia advised Peter to “maintain his own artistic integrity and make every song his own” as he had just done during the audition, Kian went as far as stating that he was “the best artist on the show this year“.
From her part, Dolores compared the uniqueness of Peter to that of David Bowie (!!!), explaining that his voice was as characteristic of his own alternative sound as he was reminding her ultimately of himself, which is a “massive potential to do something on a global scale“.
Like Jamelia, we thus hope we’ll see Peter go very far into the competition and are VERY happy of his coach choice. Very warm welcome to you, Peter. #TeamDolores

Peter Whitford – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

With a very different genre, Anna O’ Hanlon also seduced Dolores tonight with her lovely cover of “Cry My A River” by Justin Timberlake. Funnily enough Dolores didn’t fight much for the girl at first saying her vocal style was closer to that of Jamelia, which led other coaches to laugh at her saying words like: “that’s Dolores reverse psychology” or “was that a pitch, Dolores?
Dolores eventually argued that joining her team would be a great opportunity for Anna as none of her candidates has a similar voice, she then used a secret weapon “see the ball, be the ball” to make sure she would convince the girl to join her team, bringing her to a total of 11 candidates. Welcome to you, Anna. #TeamDolores

Anna O’ Hanlon – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

So here’s the final list of all #TeamDolores candidates:
Kellie Lewis – Thomas Kinney – Sean Sunderland – Pauric McLoughlin – Mariah Butler – John Hogan Jr – Michelle Revins – Jamie Stanton – Nella Dwyer – Peter Whitford – Anna O’Hanlon

Next round will thus see team members battle against each others in groups of 2 (or 3) by singing the same song. Time to tell us who are your favorites, and who you think will fight against each other 🙂 ….
Let the battles begin!

“The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #4 and #5

February 3, 2014  |  Comments Off on “The Voice of Ireland” – Episode #4 and #5  |  by Camille  |  The Voice of Ireland

Dear all,
Sincere apologies for the delay in debriefing last week’s episode (#4) of “The Voice of Ireland”, we’ve been a little scarce lately and thought we should rather kill two birds with one stone tonight by reviewing the last two shows.

It’s fair to say that episodes #4 and #5 were rather centered on other coaches than Dolores as she obviously had the most on her team with 8 talents following the 3rd Blind Audition. Our favorite singer thus didn’t spin her chair much recently, although she did manage to add one candidate to her team at both shows:

Jamie Stanton made it through the 4th Blind Audition with his strong rock male voice which successfully convinced Dolores to turn for him. An interesting choice indeed which we approve here at CW as some of us, rock fans, enjoy the fact that Jamie will hopefully add “some decibels” to the TV show.

Jamie Stanton – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

As for tonight concerning episode #5, Dolores was the only one to turn for Nella Dwyer and her surprising cover of “Best Song Ever” by One Direction. Although one could question the choice of her song, her brilliant “quirky” rendering should make everyone eye-to-eye: Nella’s unique signature thumbprint indeed really is beautiful and interesting.

Nella Dwyer – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

Congrats to both of them for joining #TeamDolores
Now, let’s show Dolores’ team is “la crème de la crème” as she rightfully stated!


Let us note that these last two shows saw Team Bressie growing stronger, especially with the notable performance of Brendan McCahey who covered David Bowie’s “Starman”:

Brendan McCahey – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

….as well as our major favorite Sarah Sylvia and her breathtaking performance of “Joga” by Bjork.
Although we do wish Sarah had followed her initial choice by picking Dolores (if ever you read this Sarah, what the hell crossed your mind ahah?) we do think the girl deserves a big shout-out on here as her blind audition will probably remain as one of the most mind-blowing of this whole season. Have a look:

Sarah Sylvia – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”

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