Drive Factor 2012 organised by award winning Drive 105.3fm in association with media partner, the ‘Derry Journal’ and the Taxi Co., continued last Friday night with heat 2 of the competition which featured Drive 105.3fm’s first ever live podcast.
Drive presenter Paul Doherty informed the listeners that the live heat could also be viewed on podcast and with just under 25,000 web hits, listeners responded very positively to this chance to watch the performances online.
Entertainer Mickey Doherty, one of the judges said he wanted to be “blown away” by the performance of the singers. Adding that there was now no room for nerves, he said: “Just get out there and if you are nervous just close your eyes and sing to somebody you always wanted to sing to”.
Fellow judge, Rikki T, Drive 105.3fm broadcaster, also hoped the singers would be less nervous and she said she was looking forward to a great 80s night show.
Ronnie Brolly from the Taxi Co, main sponsors of Drive 105.3fm and sponsors also of the wonderful Drive Factor £3,000 prize said he was hoping all the finalists will just enjoy this wonderful opportunity.
The running order and songs for Heat 2 last Friday were: finalist voting number 14 Megan Owens opened with ‘I Dreamed A Dream ‘ (Les Mis), last week Megan sang ‘Who You Are’; next up 05 Jackie McCready with ‘The Power of Love’ (Jennifer Rush), last week Jackie sang ‘Your My World’; 03 Rose O’Reilly with ‘True Colours’, last week Rose sang ‘Feels Like Home’; 15 Joanne Leonard with ‘Simply the Best’ (Tina Turner), last week Joanne sang ‘Black Velvet’; 24 Gary Scott ‘Living On A Prayer’(Bon Jovi), last week Gary sang ‘Valerie’; 08 Shaneen Clifford ‘One Moment In Time’ (Whitney Houston), last week Shaneen sang ‘One and Only; 06 Eimear Sweeney with ‘Sweet Child of Mine’(Guns ‘n Roses),last week Eimear sang ‘Black Velvet’; 04 Aaron Deery who last week Aaron sang ‘Papparazzi’; 25 Nicole McGee with ‘Walking in Memphis’, last week Nicole sang ‘Hiding My Heart’; 20 Daniel Carlin with ‘Gold’ (Spandu Ballet), last week Daniel sang ‘For The First Time’; 09 Aoife McDaid with ‘9 to 5’(Dolly Parton), last week Aoife sang ‘You and I’; 02 Bobbie Harvey with ‘Like A Prayer’ last week Bobbie sang ‘The Lonely’; 07 Sara Stewart with ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, last week Sara sang ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’; 21 Jennifer Kelly with ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody‘, last week Jennifer sang ‘Run’; 22 Bryan McLaughlin with ‘True Colours‘, (Cyndi Lauper), last week Bryan sang ‘The One That Got Away’; 19 Denise Coyle with ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ (Tiffany), last week Denise sang ‘No Not Me Not I’; 10 Gavin McCloone with ‘Ain’t Nobody’(Chaka Khan), last week Gavin sang ‘Dance With My Father’; 12 Ciara McCafferty with ‘Back On My Feet Again’ last week Ciara sang ‘The Story’; 16 Gareth Borrow with ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, last week Gareth sang ‘A Team’; and the last finalist to sing 21 Audrey McLaughlin with ‘Perfect’ (Fairground Attraction), last week Audrey sang ‘You Know I’m No Good’.
Following the voting, the two finalists leaving the competition this week are, 22 Bryan McLaughlin and 06 Eimear Sweeney.
There are two more heats in the competition this Friday, 27th and Friday, 3rd February and they will be broadcast/podcast live on Friday evenings from 7.30 - 10.00 pm. The show will be repeated on Sunday afternoons starting at 3pm and then the Results Show each Monday evening from 8.00-8.30 pm with Paul Doherty and Kieran Connor and the judges when the finalists will hear if they have progressed to the next heat.
Remember voting opens each Monday at 9pm and closes at noon the following Monday, to vote, text the word DRIVE followed by a space then your finalist’s number to 70099.
Tickets for the Grand Final which takes place at the Millennium Forum on Sunday 12th February are now on sale from the Forum Box Office.