Isaac McGovern performing on The Voice.
Isaac McGovern performing on The Voice. Channel 9

The Voice voters spare Coast teen from elimination

SUNSHINE Coast teen Isaac McGovern was spared the chopping block despite four heads rolling in Monday night's first live elimination on The Voice.

McGovern just scraped through claiming 53% of the vote which left him relieved and his Coast fans happy.

Team-mate Taila Gouge was not so lucky.

Last week was tough for McGovern.

He was forced to say goodbye to his aunt who passed away, deal with the loss away from family and friends, tackle a new song choice and the juggle the stress of live elimination.

Fortunately he chose to channel his feelings of loss into his performance, Goo Goo Dolls' Iris - his aunt's favourite song.

"I wanted to be myself this week because if I was going to go I wanted to go as me," he said. While he couldn't find a word to describe how he felt while performing this week he felt a lot happier about his song choice and being able to dedicate something to his aunt.

"I zoned out, it was amazing," he said.

But while he may be safe this week, the competition was only set to intensify from here. With this the pressure to nail the weekly song choice is something that's become more of a concern for McGovern.

"We're looking at the next song, I haven't picked it yet. A song was picked but I wasn't too happy with it....We're in the process of trying to change it," he said.

"For me I think that I flourish when I'm able to sing something I can emotionally attach myself to."

He was also finding it more difficult to say goodbye to his team mates each week. He said the absence of Taila had hit in particularly hard.

"It's getting harder and harder, we're all just so close with each other," he said.

"I think saying goodbye to her was the hardest. We met on day one and spent so much time together.

He hoped the pair would continue their friendship 'on the outside,' when he returns home to Cooroy.

"This is not the end...I know we will catch up and do some stuff together."

Follow Isaac's progress on www.thevoice.com.au



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