Ireland: ESC 1985 singer Maria Cuche auditions on The Voice of Ireland

Last year we saw Ireland’s 2005 singer Joseph McCaul audition for The X Factor UK, making it as far as the six-chair challenge. But now another of Ireland’s former Eurovision stars is taking a shot at a TV talent show. Maria Cuche represented her country over 30 years ago and she’s now attempting a comeback on The Voice of Ireland.

At the age of 19, Maria sang “Wait Until the Weekend Comes” under the stage name Maria Christian at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg. She placed sixth, part of Ireland’s impressive run in the mid 1980s, which included Linda Martin’s second-placed “Terminal 3” in 1984, and Johnny Logan’s second win with “Hold Me Now” in 1987.

While Linda and Johnny went on to become legends of Irish entertainment, Marie took a more domestic but no less busy route, moving to France with her husband and being mum to their seven children.

Maria is also legally blind, with 95% of her vision lost. In a recent interview with Ray Darcy, she revealed she’d hidden her eye condition at Eurovision, but now says she’s “proud to be blind”.

Maria’s comeback was at the urging of her eldest son, who helped her record her audition tape and talked his mum through her nerves.

And so, 30 years after her Eurovision appearance, Maria took to The Voice stage as part of the blind auditions phase. She performed Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”, giving a spirited performance, which inspired coach (and former The Saturdays member) Una Foden to turn around.

Maria will next return for the Battles stage, which runs from February 21.


Photo: RTÉ