15 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Cheers and applause greeted Monaghan’s Voice of Ireland star Michael Lawson when he paid a visit to his former school, Largy College, Clones yesterday, Wednesday to meet with staff and students.

The talented Newbliss man, who has reached the semi-final stage of the RTE competition and will be seen singing live on TV this Sunday evening at 6.30pm, is the bookies favourite to win the show after a stunning performance at the quarter-final stage.

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive for BoyleSports commented: “The Voice of Ireland quarter-finals threw the betting into disarray. Michael Lawson is the new favourite to win at 9/4 and a large four figure liability after punters rushed to get behind the Monaghan man.”

Speaking to The Northern Standard, Michael said it felt amazing to have got so far in the competition.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would get as far as the semi-final in The Voice of Ireland. That’s still insane for me to think of.”

He described the support he had received from people as fantastic and expressed his thanks to everybody who had got behind him. With regard to his competitors in the show, Michael said they had become good friends.

“It doesn’t really feel like a competition when I’m with them throughout the week. They feel like friends and it doesn’t feel like we are competing against one another when we’re singing. It just feels like we are singers who want to make something of ourselves.”   Admitting he felt nervous ahead of this weekend’s performance, Michael said he found the most nerve-wracking moment to be just before he was due to go on stage. However, he added that as soon as he started singing the nerves disappeared.

On behalf of Largy College, Principal Sharon Magennis extended her best wishes to Michael from the entire school community in this weekend’s semi-final. She also spoke of the importance of recognising the success of students whose efforts and hard work have led to national success.


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