NWRC student Terri O’Reilly has said she is “over the moon” at having won her Battle Round in RTE’s top rated talent show ‘The Voice of Ireland’ - taking her through to the live shows.
The 19 year-old, from Laurel Drive in Strabane, won out over fellow ‘Team Bressie’ singer Mairead Conlon when the pair went head to head singing ‘Ordinary World’ by Duran Duran.
The Battle Round followed her impressive audition, where she wowed all four mentors with her rendition of Diamonds by Rihanna. After being persuaded that he would help her make the best of her voice, Terri chose Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin to mentor her.
Now though she admits that the ‘hard work really starts’ with her preparations for her first live show on Sunday, March 24.
“I’ve been down to Dublin to do photos and last week had a one-to-one session with Bressie where we talked about how to overcome my nerves and my performance technique.”
The pair also worked together to plan what song Terri would sing next - with the pair battling it out. “We are open to suggest songs and Bressie also suggested songs. I guess we met somewhere in the middle,” said Terri, whose grandfather, Tommy Ferguson is originally from the Brandywell in Derry.
“Bressie suggested some songs I hadn’t heard of before and we worked through them until we came up with something we were both happy with.”
While that final choice remains under wraps until Terri’s first live show she can reveal it is something that people will know and that it has a certain Northern Irish flavour to it.
Terri said she has been overwhelmed with the support from her fellow classmates at the NWRC and from her home town of Strabane.
“People have been amazing - really positive, and that has been lovely,” she said. “It’s a very exciting time but obviously I’m a bit nervous too.”
Terri’s progress in the competition will now be down to the support of the general public as the voting turns to phone and text votes. She is hoping the people of the North West get behind her to make her dream of being crowned ‘The Voice of Ireland’ a reality.