The Voice UK: Danny O’Donoghue on music and his big break

Find out more about The Script lead singer and why he's taking part in the programme

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Why did you want to be part of The Voice? 

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Selecting people on their voice alone is such a unique concept, although there are loads of shows out there that profess to doing it. 

What do you bring as a coach? 

People may not know me as well as the others, but the Script have sold out arena tours and had huge success, so never underestimate me. 

What was your earliest musical influence? 

My dad, Shay O’Donoghue. He was a singer but passed away four years ago. I grew up in a house full of music. 

First album you bought? 

A vinyl of the Monkees’ Daydream Believer. I was only seven, and didn’t get my own pocket money but caught my sister smoking and told her I would tell our ma if she didn’t give me half. 

What do you consider your big break? 

Paul McCartney gave us our big break when he booked us to perform with him at the Shea Stadium. We made him a personalised bottle of whisky to say thank you and although he was 60-odd at the time he suggested doing a shot before going out on stage. What a legend. 

What is the best advice you have been given? 

Paul taught me to invite the audience on to the stage. Before you start singing don’t be looking at your shoes being too cool for school, tell a story, get the audience involved.

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The Voice UK is on BBC1 tonight at 7pm.