Westlife star Kian Egan blames support from Penneys and Dunnes for The Voice of Ireland finalists
The Voice of Ireland coach Kian Egan has lashed out at acts who have made it to the final because, he says, they have 'campaigns' behind them.
Kian has no act in the final since his top acts John Bonham and Helena Bradley Bates were knocked out in this week's semi-final.
Instead, Team Rachel's Kieran McKillop, Team Bressie's Emma Humber, Team Una's Patrick Donoghue, and Team Rachel's Sarah McTiernan will compete to win next Sunday.
However, Kian feels that John, in particular, should be in the final whilst Sarah should not.
"John did very well in the last few weeks in the voting but this week the everyday public didn't vote for him. He should have been in." he told the Irish Daily Mail.
"Looking at the four people who got through to the final I definitely feel that that are people there that don't deserve it."
He added, "We have fallen into campaigning territory here. Take Sarah McTiernan: she has Penneys behind her now and that has made a huge difference to her.
"In the quarter finals she as in the bottom two and now with Penneys behind her she has made it through to the finals.
"Something has kicked in for her that is obviously a campaign and that has made the difference to John's detriment."
Dunnes Stores is also backing Patrick Donoghue who works for the store.
Kian, who says he is not bitter about the situation, just feels for his acts, also revealed that he will not return for another series of The Voice of Ireland, even if it is commissioned by RTE.
The 34-year-old former Westlife star says he wants to "take a step back and chill".