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Padden on the Ritz Olly Murs praises Irish singer Chantelle Padden after she stuns him on The Voice UK

Superstar Olly Murs woos 'amazing' singer Padden who he says can 'go all the way'

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Chantelle Patten is doing Belmullet proud on hit TV show The Voice UK

Chantelle Patten is doing Belmullet proud on hit TV show The Voice UK

Chantelle Patten is doing Belmullet proud on hit TV show The Voice UK

RISING Irish country star Chantelle Padden is set for major league success after her stunning performance last night on The Voice UK.

Bubbly Chantelle, who is 24 and from Belmullet, Co Mayo, had superstars Will.i.am and Olly Murs battling to woo her when they both turned their chairs in the blind auditions of the smash-hit Saturday night show that attracts six million viewers.

After choosing Murs, who said he'd been "mesmerised" by her voice, the British pop star told her backstage: "You can go all the way in this, Chantelle. I think your voice is amazing, and you are so humble…I don't think you realise how good you are."

Fellow celebrity coaches Tom Jones and Anne-Marie both said on the show that they regretted not turning for powerhouse singer Padden, who stamped her mark on a Miley Cyrus song, When I Look At You.

Anne-Marie said, "I think I've made a huge mistake. If I could rewind two minutes I would have turned. I think you're amazing."

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Chantelle with country star Margo

Chantelle with country star Margo

Chantelle with country star Margo

Tom Jones called himself "a schmuck" for passing the chance to work with Chantelle, but explained that he already has a lot of girl singers on his team.

The legendary Welsh belter added: "I should have turned. I think you're special, it must be a Celtic thing. You've got tone, but you've also got power."

Due to Covid-19, The Voice UK has cut the knockout rounds in this series. It means that Padden is now straight through to the quarter -inals.

Looking back on last night's show, which was pre-recorded, Chantelle yesterday told the Sunday World in an exclusive interview: "I've worked hard in Ireland for years to become a successful singer, but I've had so many disappointments and set backs.

"I felt I really needed a platform like The Voice to try and get my name out there. I actually prayed before going on the show, pleading 'just this one time please give me luck. Please just get me a turn. As long as I have one decent performance and get a turn that will be online forever, I'll be happy with that. Anything after that is a bonus. I don't want to go home the very first day.'

"It was the longest walk of my life to get to the middle of the stage. You could hear a pin drop, but all I could hear was my little cowgirl boots clicking. My heart was pumping away and I took a few deep breaths.

"I remember thinking, 'I have to prove a point, millions of people are watching.' I took a risk with the song because the majority of it is acoustic, so I had nothing to mask my nerves. It was me singing accompanied by just a guitar, and there's no better way to show off real vocals. The coaches picked up on that, thank God.

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Chantelle Padden in her school days

Chantelle Padden in her school days

Chantelle Padden in her school days

"The song was nearly finished and none of the coaches had turned, so I was really worried at that stage. There was one note that I then said I needed to give it everything, and then the relief when Olly Murs and Will.i.am turned for me."

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Due to Covid, Chantelle's family in Binghamstown, Belmullet, couldn't travel for the show, but she was supported by her English-based auntie Kathleen and cousin Melissa.

And watching on a live feed at Chantelle's family home was her grandad, Tony Cawley, a singer and musician who has been her mentor since she was a child and has inspired her to do the show.

She says: "Grandad brought me gigging with him when I was only seven. At nine years old I made my first self-released album, which was just called Chantelle. The bookings came in when it was played on local radio. I suppose people thought, 'cute little girl singing with her grandad'.

"We were the only grandfather-granddaughter duo and we sang all over Ireland and England."

However, Chantelle says that as an adult she struggled to find solo success, despite appearing on TG4's Glór Tire with Irish country star Johnny Brady, and touring as an opening act on Nathan Carter's shows.

"My motivation to succeed has so much to do with my grandad," Chantelle says. "He's in his 70s now and I'd love to make something of myself while he's still around to see it. That's my goal because he's always been my number one influence.

"Any time that I felt like hanging up the microphone, he's the reason why I've always changed my mind and given it another shot. He's always said, 'You just need a bit of luck. Anyone that ever became really successful never had it easy.'

"Maybe my luck is finally in now."

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