Issac throws caution to the wind and wins Voice battle

ISAAC McGovern's twist on an Aussie classic earned him a spot in the next round of The Voice Australia.

The 19-year-old won his battle last night against more seasoned performer Luke Koteras by connecting to the emotions of Australian Crawl's pub rock hit Reckless.

But the country singer from Cooroy says it was touch and go, despite all four judges giving him their vote of confidence.

"As soon as he (Koteras) opened his mouth I was shut down completely," McGovern told The Daily.

"In my mind I was like, 'Nah that's it, he has such a strong voice'. But halfway through I decided I'm going to stick to how I've been practising it and it ended up paying off."

The Voice Australia contestant Isaac McGovern sings during his battle against Luke Koteras. Supplied by Channel 9/WIN.
The Voice Australia contestant Isaac McGovern sings during his battle against Luke Koteras. Supplied by Channel 9/WIN.

With the "huge weight" of the battle now off his shoulders, McGovern said he was looking forward to working with his coach Joel Madden and incoming mentor Megan Washington in the showdowns.

The Brisbane songstress helped former Voice coach Keith Urban mentor singers in the show's first season.

"I didn't know a whole lot about her, so I did a bit of research and checked out some of her stuff.

"She is just incredible," McGovern said.

"I was super excited to get some feedback from her because she seems like the type of person who will say it like it is.

"I'm keen to go into the next round where I'll be able to pick a song I'd like to do."

The other mentors joining the show this week are INXS rocker Kirk Pengilly (Team Kylie), Black Eyed Peas co-founder apl.de.ap (Team Will) and Australian singer and DJ Havana Brown (Team Ricky).

While he might have lost his Voice battle, Sunshine Coast singer Lij Gilmour's career is taking off.

Gilmour lost last night's sing-off against Perth's Blake Leggett, despite Ricky Martin and will.i.am telling Joel Madden to go with the 18-year-old.

"Joel said I was a superstar and to continue doing what I'm doing," Gilmour told The Daily.

The teen heartthrob has caught the eye of several record labels and has nearly sold out his capital cities tour, which starts in November.

"I've got an EP release coming out this year," he said.

"There are some labels in the works… and the tour is sold out except for Perth.

"I'm so excited to get on tour and start rocking out with my guitar."

Gilmour is in the middle of recording his four-track EP, which features his current single Another Day.

"Two out of the four tracks have already been written by me and the final two tracks are in the works at the moment," he said.

"It's very Ed Sheeran-esque, mixed with a sort of modern-day pop rock vibe."

To find out more about Gilmour's forthcoming EP and tour go to Gilmour's website.


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