Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Catherine Hughes' pregnant pause from Voice of Ireland talent hunt ... but she'll be back

Catherine Hughes with her son Eoin
Catherine Hughes with her son Eoin

She's the singer who was told "never, ever let having a child stop you from doing anything" – but was then booted off The Voice of Ireland while giving birth.

Armagh mum Catherine Hughes (29) was clearly pregnant when she entered the RTE show with the hope of becoming the next big singing sensation.

But the mother-of-two from Madden in Co Armagh has admitted she was surprised by her axing as coaches Jamelia and Dolores O'Riordan, both mothers, had been full of support for her during the blind auditions which she flew through.

Her mentor Jamelia told her: "Never, ever let having a child stop you from doing anything."

After winning a place on the show, Catherine had rehearsed for the next stage of the competition which sees contestants "battle" as they sing the same song together.

She was paired with Sligo girl Laura May Lenaghan (21) and had rehearsed the day before the show was recorded last December.

But before she could sing Catherine went into labour 11 days early. She was in the midst of giving birth to her son when husband Darren got the news she was off the show as she missed her battle.

Catherine told the Belfast Telegraph: "At the time I didn't mind because I was in labour and it was the least of my worries.

"Looking back I was very disappointed I wasn't able to take part in the battles because myself and Laura worked hard and rehearsed a lot."

But she has vowed to enter next year.

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