The Voice 2020 - Maria Doyle, blind singer: "My father doesn't know I exist


The new season of "The Voice" comes out tonight on TF1. The four coaches will do their utmost to recruit the most talent in their team and there is one for which they may well fight. It's Maria Doyle, a blind mother.

Let's go for the ninth season of The Voice! This Saturday, the first blind auditions will start at 9pm on TF1.

 The new coaching quartet consisting of Marc Lavoine, Pascal Obispo, Lara Fabian and Amel Bent is ready for everyone to try and attract the best talents to their team. While we already know that one couple is likely to cause a sensation on the stage, another candidate is already in demand: Maria Doyle. The mother of seven children, she is Irish and has lived in Lorraine for many years. What's special about her? She has been blind since the age of nine. A disability that came on suddenly and does not prevent her from following her dreams.

On the contrary, music has enabled her to surpass it: talented, she even finished sixth in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1985.

Our colleagues from Le Parisien went to meet her. The opportunity to learn more about her story.
"I was sent to an institute for the blind in Dublin. For us, at that time, life was all mapped out: becoming a telephone operator, not having children. My dream was to be a singer. So I took my life into my own hands and when I was nine years old I ran away," she confides. 
Back home, she got support from her mother, who taught her how to "educate" her blind eye so that nothing appears. After several attempts to break through, Maria finally took a break from her career to devote herself to her family life with her French husband. But music was never far away and, failing to teach her children aged 13 to 27 how to read, she passed on her passion to them. The latter are now all musicians. In fact, they accompanied her on stage during the recordings a few weeks ago. And this Saturday night, it is still with the family that they will relive this moment in front of their screen.
"My children will describe to me second by second what's going on. On the stage of The Voice, I was like a bubble... I want this performance to remain forever engraved in their souls," says Maria. 
The wager certainly paid off, since Maria's Oh Dany Boy caused a lot of emotion on the set.

As well as hoping to enter the competition, and perhaps win it, Maria Doyle would like her story to inspire others in her case.
"A blind man can do more than you imagine, the limits are where we set them. My disability has adapted to me. I would like to tell the audience that anything is possible," she explains. 
In addition, the singer, who has already appeared on the Irish version of The Voice in 2016, would also like to catch the eye of a particular person: "I did all this because my father hasn't known I exist since I was a child.

He lives in Spain somewhere. I dream that this media exposure will allow me to find him. I'm going to give it my all." The question is, will his appearance be convincing enough for the coaches? Answer tonight!

*updated - watch her sing in the video below:

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