The Big Deal finalist sets his sights on buying house if he wins grand finale

By Siobhan O'Connor

The Big Deal finalist singer Kevin Hartnett has told how he plans on buying his first house if he wins the €50K grand prize on tomorrow night’s final.

Dubliner Kevin is a musical theatre singer and wowed the judges with his dulcet tones.

Kevin, 29, told the Irish Mirror: “It’s been a whirlwind, it’s great to have the buzz around the final and to know I’ll be part of it.

“If I won it, a big chunk of it will be put away for a house.

“It was a big draw to go on the show so we could finally buy a house.”

At 17 when Kevin quit soccer to focus on musical theatre, he said, “the slagging from the lads was fierce.

“But a year later, we did a fashion show for charity.

“The same lads slagging me were on the catwalk wearing makeup.

“When I got to 17, I knew I wasn’t going to play for Manchester United, so I chose singing.”

While he felt like just a number on the X Factor and the Voice UK, the talented singer said he loved every minute on The Big Deal.

He said: “I went for the X Factor when it came to Ireland a few years back, I got through to a couple of the pre production rounds of the producers parts.

“I never got to the actual show

“In 2019 I did the Voice UK, I got to the blind audition stage, past all the pre-production.

“Unfortunately by the time I was singing the judges only one or two spots left so I didn’t get through.

“The closest I got on the Voice was when Will.i.am almost turned around."

He quipped: “When I spoke to one of the producers, it was Meghan Trainor’s first year as a judge and apparently she had said, ‘I should have turned for that guy’.

“I was like I don’t want to hear that.

“But it was great, but on these shows you’re kind of just a number, it’s a nicer feeling this way on the Big Deal, there were no egos.

“Everyone that was involved wanted you to do well.”

The all-important grand final sees six acts battle it out to go top of the leader board and win €50,000.

Kevin is up against Shego, The Gardiner Brothers, Bello Duo, Lisette Krol and Martin McDonnell.

Watch the final of ‘The Big Deal’ on Sunday October 10 at 7pm on Virgin Media One and Virgin Media Player.


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