Now official: O’Riordan will not be a judge on new series of The Voice of Ireland

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

It has just been announced in the Irish Independent 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. 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.

Dolores definitely not coming back to The Voice of Ireland

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

According to this article of the Irish Mirror published today, Dolores O’Riordan is definitely not coming back to the TV show The Voice of Ireland.

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

Sinead O’Connor to take over Dolores O’Riordan on The Voice?

July 22, 2014  |  Comments Off on Sinead O’Connor to take over Dolores O’Riordan on The Voice?  |  by Camille  |  The Voice

As mentioned in most of the main Irish newspapers last week, a source close to the singer announced that Dolores O’Riordan should not take part to the RTE talent contest this year.

Although the mother of three children was “credited with breathing a fresh lease of life into the show” and said several times that she was enjoying 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 show – told journalists that, according to her, “Sinead 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 Irish singer doing such a TV show, but who knows…

Let’s still note that O’Connor was rumored several times to seat in the red chair in the past years, which never turned out to happen (see this article for instance, dating back to Season 2)…

Dolores O’Riordan to produce Kellie Lewis’ first EP

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

We’ve reported previously that 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 Kellie’s first EP.

Kellie wrote that today is the first day of recording her debut EP:

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

Good luck, Kellie! And we can’t wait to hear more from you and Dolores!

Source: Kellie Lewis’ Twitter

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

According to a new  interview by Kellie Lewis, Dolores O’Riordan 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,” Kellie explained in the interview for Limerick Leader. “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.

Source: Limerick Leader

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

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 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

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.


New Barry Egan interview on music industry & The Voice

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

Seems like Dolores O’Riordan doesn’t choose any journalist to speak about her old demons: Barry Egan just published a new interview of our favorite singer this morning in which the Limerick woman and her mother Eileen discussed the music business pressure Dolores 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.

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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

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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 the weeks before. 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 would have been quite enjoyable, don’t you think? This didn’t happen anyway 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.


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The Voice of Ireland Battles: The Review

March 15, 2014  |  Comments Off on The Voice of Ireland Battles: The Review  |  by Jury  |  The Voice

The Battle stage of The Voice of Ireland is over and here’s our review of Team Dolores performances!
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The Voice of Ireland – Episode #6

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

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 very favorite “talent magnet” fought twice during this show and managed to add 2 candidates to her team.

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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

Dear all,

Sincere apologies for the delay in debriefing last week 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 third 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:

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The Voice of Ireland – Episode #3

January 20, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice

Episode #3 of The Voice of Ireland is over and it appears pretty clearly that, once again, Dolores’ team is 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.

Indeed, 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 our favorite singer, Dolores 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 RTÉ launched a new expression to describe Dolores’ “catchy moments” : #Doloresisms
This comes as a confirmation that the new coach really is on her way to becoming the darling of the public.

The Voice of Ireland – Episode #2

January 13, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice

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 “unique” McLoughlin and Mariah  “country” Butler went to #TeamDolores.

As you might note, this week saw coaches fighting quite hard to convince the 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!!!

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.

Focus on Kellie Lewis from The Voice: Dolores’ reincarnation?

January 10, 2014  |  3 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice

As you might know, last Sunday saw Dolores O’Riordan convince three candidates of The Voice of Ireland to join her team: Kellie Lewis, Sean Sunderland and Thomas Kinney indeed chose our favorite singer to be their coach on the TV show.

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.

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The Voice of Ireland – Episode #1

January 6, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Camille  |  The Voice

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 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.


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