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.
The Hand is still a very talented five star artist.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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“.
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!
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.
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!!
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 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.
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.
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.“
The differing viewpoints between coaches Jamelia and Dolores created banter that quickly became a hallmark for series three of “The Voice of Ireland”.
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…
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)
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.
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!
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.
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 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:
John Hogan Jr.
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!
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)
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!
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”
Episode #3 of “The Voice of Ireland” is now over and it appears pretty clearly that, once again, Dolores’ team is possibly the strongest.
Dolores only turned her chair around twice this evening and managed to convince both John Hogan Jr. and Michelle Revins to join her team following their stunning performance. Have a look below:
John Hogan Jr – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
Michelle Revins – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
If John Hogan Jr. was unanimously applauded by the four coaches as well as the audience for his very original performance of one of his own song “Little Boy Blue”, Michelle Revins managed to catch Dolores & Kian’s attention with her dark and fascinating cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails, which made our fav coach quite emotional.
Dolores even gave a special interview during the show to describe how moved she was by Michelle’s “raw” and “beautiful” performance.
She told the girl “I felt like you actually took your hand and you put it into my chest and you pulled my heart out […] it’s so hard to express that raw pain, but you did and it was just really beautiful, raw pain that you have to experience to be able to express“.
We do hope Michelle is going to make it as far as possible in the show as we, at Cranberries World, were lucky enough to attend her blind audition and were totally blown away by the emotion she conveyed.
To come back to Dolores, she was the trending topic of tonight’s show with everyone discussing her characteristic hand movements which led Kian to wonder whether she was casting spells or not.
Her style seems to fascinate everyone as much as the TV show launched a new expression to describe Dolores’ catchy moments: #Doloresisms and even made a video about that:
#Doloresisms – “The Voice of Ireland”
This comes as a confirmation that the new coach really is on her way to becoming the darling of the public.
More strikingly, the interview sheds a light on the progress of her work on a possible third solo album. Indeed, we learn that she’s already got a bunch of new tracks and is ready to go into the process of recording:
I’ve about 15 new track done and I’m probably going to head over to Los Angeles this month and see what’s on offer.
A late debriefing on last night’s second session of Blind Auditions.
Seems that the coaches are getting a little tougher as many more contestants left empty-handed on this second night of “The Voice of Ireland”. Six of them managed to have coaches turning their chair around though, among whom Pauric McLoughlin and Mariah Butler went to #TeamDolores. Have a look:
Pauric McLoughlin – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
Maria Butler – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
This week saw coaches fighting quite hard to convince candidates to pick them, especially for Mariah whose country vocals unanimously impressed the coaches (and the audience as well) with her rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”. Dolores and Jamelia had to argue over who would be the best coach for her and who knew country music better so to show the young girl who was worthy of being her coach.
Mariah’s choice (who had initially told her friend she would like to join Team Jamelia) shows that Dolores keeps on imposing herself as the “talents magnet” of the show.
It appears that our favorite singer is also growing in popularity among the audience as she’s about to get the highest share of likes with her team on the official website.
Let’s all keep on supporting #TeamDolores
The Teams – Statistics
Last but not least, for those of you who’d like to attend some of the Live Shows in March & April, note that tickets are now on sale on The Helix website.
If the performance of the three of them was noticeably good, it seems Kelly Lewis is well on the road to become the favorite of the audience, according to the number of views she got with her stunning performance of “Running Up That Hill” (by Kate Bush) at her Blind Audition on YouTube.
Kellie Lewis – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
But that’s not all: it seems Kellie has managed to have Dolores be won over by her talent!
In the below RTÉ One interview at New Year’s Eve concert in Limerick a few days ago, Dolores was asked if she had found some talents and answered “there’s a Limerick girl, and she’s like my reincarnation” explaining that Kellie is really cool and actually got her inspiration from The Cranberries who she started to listen when she was 8.
Interview – NYE Concert 2013 (Limerick)
From her part, Kellie posted on Facebook a photo taken backstage during the Battles rehearsals featuring a very Rock n’ Roll Dolores with red highlights in her hair. Rock n’ Roll pose as well…
Kellie wrote: “On my 21st birthday, Dolores O’Riordan was coaching me through my battle song. She made my day so perfect, I actually got to spend my birthday with my musical idol. To top it off, Dolores gave me a pair of her own designer heels and a card, balloons the whole lot. There were tears and hugs! Thank you Queen D! xxx“
Dolores and Kellie – The number of the beast!
It really looks like these two are getting along well!
We strongly encourage you to follow this talented girl (especially if there are some Florence + The Machine fans among you cause she really reminds us of Ms Welch 😉 ) as she could well become the new Voice of Ireland.
The first session of the Blind Auditions is over and it’s pretty clear that Dolores O’ Riordan is a great addition to the show. The Irish Mirror, in an article entitled “Dolores is the real deal“, goes as far as saying that her Team is obviously going to win as her experience will enable her to accompany her talents the way everyone expect coaches to.
One could easily notice by watching this first 1h30 series that Dolores is very picky, and most of the time she turns around the chair, she manages to have the contestant gravitate towards her without begging them to come to her team.
With 3 contestants #TeamDolores is now in pole position: Kellie, Thomas and Sean indeed chose our favourite singer as their coach. Watch their blind audition below:
Thomas Kinney – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
Kellie Lewis – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
Sean Sunderland – Blind Audition – “The Voice of Ireland”
RTÉ announced some exclusive videos should be posted on their official YouTube channel in the upcoming days. Also, we strongly encourage to have a look at their Instagram account where they post backstage pictures of the show.
Feel free to let us know what you thought about this first episode and Dolores as a coach.
Note that you can also join us every Sunday on our Facebook page to discuss the show on live and share your feelings with other fans. Keep on supporting #TeamDolores by giving it a like on this page, she’s now doing better than #TeamJamelia
In the red chair during the show
Dolores during a pre-recorded interview for the show
As you might all know now, the “Blind Auditions” of “The Voice of Ireland” which were recorded from October 18th to 20th will be broadcast on Irish TV “RTÉ ONE” tonight at 6:30 PM (Irish time) and every Sunday until February 9th.
The four following shows (Feb 16th to March 9th) will be dedicated to the “Battles” phase and 7 “Live Shows” will follow after that (March 16th to April 27th).
Numerous articles can be found on the internet and in the press announcing the return of the third seasons of the TV show, and it seems Dolores is likely to become the audience’s favourite coach. The Sun wrote “newbie Dolores O’Riordan is already riling up her rival coaches — because she keeps landing the TOP acts“.
While Jamelia told Contactmusic that “Bressie Kian and I are a bit scared of Dolores” & Bressie explained “I am quite intimidated by her and her history“. Dolores indeed likes to remind other coaches during the show that she toured worldwide and sold 45 million records.
Digging articles on the Internet, we also learn that the presenter of the show, Kathryn Thomas, used to be such a fan of The Cranberries that she once asked her granny to drive to Dolores’ house in order to get a chance to catch a glimpse of the singer.
She adds “I was quite star-struck when I first met Dolores because I was such a big fan. But she’s lovely and such a sweet person […] Jamelia wasn’t intimidated at all and Kian had met her. So it was Bressie and me trying to play it cool around her“.
Also, some great photos appeared in the last days, most of them in HQ.
3 photos are for the official promo and 3 others were taken during a video interview to be seen possibly in tonight’s VOI episode.
Dolores interviewed for the show
Here’s a couple of photos that some CW team members took a few days ago in Dublin.
Those “The Voice of Ireland” billboards are EVERYWHERE in the city.
Billboard – The Voice of Ireland
Another billboard near Dublin’s Spire
Now watch the last video posted on the official YouTube of the TV show announcing the first day of the Series 3:
Backstage at the Blind Auditions – First day – “The Voice of Ireland”
And last but not least, we haven’t found any live stream to watch the show live outside of Ireland yet. If you do, please feel free to post the link as a comment because it seems we won’t be able to watch it on http://www.rte.ie/player/it/live/8/ without an Irish IP… but we trust it’ll be available to download as a torrent rather quickly after the broadcast. Also keep in mind that the TV show will post some exclusive videos on their YouTube every week!
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During her time in Limerick Dolores did some interviews for Irish TV. Dolores spoke about her hometown and her participation in “The Voice Of Ireland” show which is going to be premiered on January 5, 2014
The first interview was recorded yesterday early afternoon and broadcast just a couple of hours after on RTE News. TV report also includes images of Dolores rehearsing with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Second interview was recorded later on the evening backstage at NYE show.
RTÉ News – TV report
Interview – Backstage at NYE Concert
Dolores rehearsing yesterday in Limerick with the ICO before the NYE concert