Irish teenager wows audience and Will.i.am. on the Voice UK

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Shauna Byrne

An Irish teenager wowed the audience of the hit BBC show The Voice and received high praise from The Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am.

Shauna Byrne, of Malahide, appeared on the show and performed the Sam Mendes hit ‘If I Can’t Have You’.

The 16-year-old impressed the crowd and was happy to when Will.i.am turned his chair around to signify that he wants to mentor her.

Shauna Byrne

He said: “I sensed a little bit of nerves which is great because that’s normal. I like your voice so much that I want to work with you.

“There’s so much room to grow. And by the end of the competition people are going to be wishing they turned for you.”

Shauna said: “I’m so excited to work with Will I really want to show him what I can do. I’m really excited to see what we can do together.”

The teenager had earlier spoken about how much she loves singing and how she sometimes daydreams about being able to do it as a career.

She said: “I’ve been singing since I can remember and it’s really all I’ve ever wanted to do.

“I do kind of find myself sometimes in class daydreaming [about] making it somewhere as a singer.

“I definitely am nervous for the blind audition. It is the biggest thing that I’ve ever done.

“Me, a girl, from a small town in Ireland, doing the Voice UK it’s crazy. Not a lot of 16-year-olds get this opportunity at all.

“If I give it my best I’ll be proud of myself whatever happens. I’m just going to really really try my best and hopefully show them my potential.”

 

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