Isaac's take on Lorde hit right on song in Voice showdown

Isaac McGovern during his showdown performance on The Voice.
Isaac McGovern during his showdown performance on The Voice. Channel 9

A UNIQUE twist on a hit song has earned Cooroy teen Isaac McGovern a spot in The Voice live shows.

The public will be able to vote for the 19-year-old singer in the next round of the reality singing competition, after his coach Joel Madden sent him straight through to the live shows tonight.

McGovern "smashed" his stripped-back cover of Kiwi pop sensation Lorde's chart-topping song Tennis Court, according to Madden.

"He came and spoke to me afterwards and he said he had to pick the person who smashed it," McGovern told APN.

"He said out of all three (singers) I really stuck true to what I do, so it was cool to have that feedback from him."

McGovern's sister convinced him to take on the hit song and make it his own.

"My sister picked that song and I was like 'I don't know how the heck I would sing that song'," he said.

"It's not like me, but my sister was like 'no but it's such a well-known song if you changed it that would be cool'.

"I really just stripped it back and tried to connect myself to the lyrics as I do with everything."

 McGovern is quickly becoming a viewer favourite for his raw talent, gentle demeanour and cool on-stage confidence.

"If you've grown up with a family like mine who are constantly telling you like it is, then you just build that confidence," he said.

"After my showdown my mum said 'I can't believe you won it; those girls were amazing' and I was like 'Oh thanks mum'."

The Biloela-born singer, who went to primary school in Rockhampton before moving to the Sunshine Coast hinterland, said he is looking forward to performing on live TV.

The country singer yet to falter under the pressure of the show, and says he might even step out from behind his trusty guitar for the live shows.

"We'll see what happens. I'm open to new experiences and I'd love to learn about stage presence and how to work the stage," he said.

 "I find it harder to sing and play in front of a small group of close friends and family who know me rather than getting up on stage in front of thousands of people.

"I don't know how to explain it; I just don't get that nervous."

Maroochydore singer Louise Van Veenendaal - aka 'The Voice lady' - wasn't so lucky in her showdown, with coach choosing to send the 27-year-old home in favour of Anja Nissen and Jacob Lee.

Louise Van Veenendaal loud and proud on The Voice.
Louise Van Veenendaal loud and proud on The Voice.

"I gave it my all. I know I'm not the most perfect singer but I did give every ounce of my ability," she said.

"Will told me that he would see me in LA... and I believe him. I believe he has a plan for me."

After performing in her own hit cabaret show The Diva From Down Under in New York and hosting the Vaudeville Sideshow in LA, Veenendaal hopes to launch a new show in Australia.

"The show's a springboard for me and I'm so happy with the amount of support I've received," she said.

"I hope to do a big show here.

"Whatever door opens for me I'll follow it."

The Voice showdowns continue on Sunday at 6.30pm on Channel 9/WIN.

Topics:  joel madden ricky martin the voice australia

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