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As the Voice of Ireland has been cancelled to make way for the new Dancing with the Stars, Bressie has revealed that he'd done with TV shows.

When asked by the Irish Mirror if he’d take part in RTÉ's Dancing With The Stars, The Blizzards frontman said, "100 percent done with those TV shows – I am out.”

“I cannot dance to save my life. I am pathetic. I have two left feet. I am so bad. I am not a dancer and I will not be on the Irish Strictly,” he told the paper.

The Voice was huge for me but I’m glad it’s over and it came to an end when it was doing well. It’s the right time,” he said.

Ah, never say never Bressie!

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When the news came out last week that Dancing with the Stars is going to take over The Voice of Ireland, many were surprised and wondered what would happen to the judges and presenters.

Will they move on? Will they just hop over to the new TV show?

Well, Bressie cleared up some rumours on Twitter yesterday, which didn't exactly make his fans happy.

He wrote: "Those asking will I be appearing on new @rte dancing show, I am afraid RTÉ can't get the adequate insurance to allow me dance in public."

Let's just hope RTÉ can sort out their insurance problem because it would certainly be a sight to see. 

Twerk, Bressie!

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When RTE announced yesterday that Ireland will be getting its own version of Dancing with the Stars, people quickly began to speculate that The Voice of Ireland could be getting the chop.

And unfortunately for lovers of the popular talent show, that indeed seems to be the case.

According to The Irish Mirror, The Voice of Ireland will be scrapped after five seasons to make way for the world famous dancing competition.

Channel Controller for RTE One and RTE2 Adrian Lynch said: “After five hugely successful seasons of The Voice of Ireland now is a perfect time to refresh the Sunday evening entertainment slot with one of the world’s best-loved formats.”

“We want to thank everyone involved in The Voice of Ireland for their incredible hard work over the past five years in the making the show such a success.”

The Irish version of Dancing with the Stars will document 11 celebrities as they learn to move like professional ballroom dancers and will air on RTE in early 2017.

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He’s the Voice Of Ireland host who pretty much wowed the nation when he got Ed Sheeran to sing Thinking Out Loud as Gaeilge.

Released last year, the album Ceol also featured the likes of The Coronas, Kodaline, and Keywest.

And now Eoghan has revealed in conversation with SHEmazing that he’s all set for Ceol round 2 – and that he has a HUGE US-star lined up for it.

“It’s going to be pretty massive,” the 2fm presenter added.

“We’re almost there on it – it’s just a matter of firming up the detail at this stage. I'm not going to name names just yet, they're up there with, say, Taylor-Swift in terms of fame.”

Eoghan was yesterday hanging out with the likes of Rosanna Davison and Samantha Mumba at the 3Live area at Longitude – where Three was hosting acoustic performances, secret gigs and film screenings.

And at the 3Club, Eoghan also impressed the revellers with an indoor DJ set.

“We’ve had a pretty crap summer and then all of a sudden the sun comes out… so I really wasn’t expecting the crowd to show up in the way that they did. But it was epic!

“I love the The Voice and I’d never knock it but it’s very much ‘silly jokes’. So it’s nice to bring back to music every now and then. There are really only a few companies that really do music properly – and Three is one of them.”

He’s adamant he doesn’t particularly have his sights set on the Late Late gig once Ryan Tubridy moves aside, but the 33-year-old says he loves Brendan O’Connor’s new show, Cutting Edge.

“He probably felt he had something to prove,” Eoghan adds, “but he’s definitely proved it now.”

That and he loves the Ellen DeGeneres format: “She does the silly stuff but then gets Obama for a discussion about racial inequality. It’s seamless.” 

Finally, Eoghan, who has been open about his own battles with depression and self-harm, recommends that everyone has a mentor – admitting that he has three.

“Years ago a guy was over from London to do some work with Spin 1038, where I had a show at the time. He liked what I was doing and brought me back with him to work on XFM – where likes of Dermot O'Leary, Russell Brand, and Ricky Gervais all cut their teeth. 

“That was a turning point. And I know I've been very lucky in my career to date.”

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It's time to say goodbye to The Voice of Ireland as RTE has axed the singing contest reality show.

So, now instead of seeing Kian, Rachel, Una and Bressie on our screens every Sunday night, we're going to get a eyeful of… Louis Walsh.

Yep, the music mogul is making waves as he sets to debut Ireland's Got Talent next year, something TV3 previously turned him down for.

According to the Sunday World, Louis will be the main judge (surprise, surprise) and he will also be picking who his fellow mentors will be.

Keith Duffy and Linda Martin are in the running to take the hot seat alongside Louis… But we'll hold out on that one.

What do you think, ladies? Yay or nay with this choice of action? We're going to miss swooning over Bressie every Sunday.

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After the second show of blind auditions last night, the Voice of Ireland saw Tipperary man, Pauric O'Meara sing his very own version of Maniac 2000. 

The 21-year-old stunned judges with his acoustic version of the song, with Una being the first to press her buzzer for him. 

As the judges began to catch onto the song, they all turned their chairs for him, but ultimately he picked Bressie to be his mentor. 

We can't wait to hear more from the Tipp native!

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She made a name for herself as one-fifth of mega-selling The Saturdays – and became a celeb couple stable when she married her rugby player beau, Ben, 30, three years ago.

But despite being based across the water for the best part of decade, Una Foden admits that she still pines for her native Tipperary.

"I love coming home to my family and all that," she reveals. "It's always going to be 'home home' to me.”

As for setting up a more permanent base in Ireland, the singer hints: “You never know… maybe if I can convince Ben to play for Munster!”

Of course, Una has been taking some well-deserved down-time since giving birth to her second child, a son they named Tadhg, back in February.

But in conversation with SHEmazing! she reveals that she’s nearly ready to get back to the grindstone.

Indeed, the 33-year-old musician has just signed up for another series of The Voice Of Ireland. And after mentoring last season's winner, Patrick Donoghue, she understandably can't wait to return.

"I've just signed my contract actually," she tells us at the launch of RTÉ's autumn schedule in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre.

So will Rachel Stevens, Kian Egan and Bressie all be back in the famous red chairs this year too? “I can't say anything, but I'd love it to be the same three again,” she explains.

With the family-of-four just recently moving into a swish new abode in Northampton, Una will be commuting on a regular basis between there and Dublin once filming kicks off in October.

Now juggling the demands of her toddler daughter, Aoife Belle, as well as baby Tadhg, Una is nevertheless looking as slim as ever in a grey and black floral minidress by Victoria Beckham. In fact, you'd never guess that Una has given birth just six months ago.

"I stayed fit and healthy during my pregnancy," she reveals. "So I had about a stone to lose after. But I didn't put any pressure on myself.

"Even on The Voice, I worked with the stylist during my pregnancy and I just wore clothes a size bigger so I'd be comfortable."

She mightn't put the pressure on in terms of body image, but when it comes to mentoring her acts on The Voice, Ms Foden definitely pushes herself as hard as she can. "I'll be competitive from the word 'go,'" she laughs.

The singer and her fellow coach Kian Egan were notorious for their bickering on the last series of the hit show, and although the pair are pals off air, Una says the arguments were never fake.

"They were very much genuine on the night!" she explains. "But we do get on really."

 

Back in the studio writing today

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As for Una's own singing career, while The Saturdays are still on extended hiatus we could finally get to hear some solo work in 2016: "I've been taking time out but I have written a lot and I do hope to start next year," she reports.

Two kids, a solo career, a TV talent show AND a plan to bring Ben and the Munster team together? Sounds like the next 12 months will be very busy for Una.

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This is seriously exciting!

The Voice of Ireland is back for its fifth season this year, and already the show is getting ready to find new talent.

So, if the thought of getting up on stage and singing in front of Bressie and a cheering crowd makes you all tingly, then this is your chance!

RTE will be hosting auditions this coming autumn and you can apply online by sending in an MP3 or a YouTube clip of yourself singing.

And if you win? You will get a record deal with Universal Ireland just like last year’s winner, Patrick James.

Good luck to everyone applying and who knows – we may even be watching you on TV in the not-so-distant future! 

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Former judge of RTÉ’s The Voice of Ireland Dolores O’Riordan has reportedly been arrested for assault aboard a transatlantic flight from New York to Shannon.

During the flight a female flight attendant was allegedly assaulted and when the flight landed a member of the gardaí was also assaulted.

The musician, who is from Limerick, was then arrested and brought to the local garda station in Shannon.

Dolores appeared on last year’s series of The Voice as a judge but decided not to partake this year, with Una Foden and Rachel Stevens acting as judges instead.

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Una Foden was announced as a judge for season four of The Voice of Ireland just last week and now the last judge has been announced as Rachel Stevens!

Rachel, who was once part of S Club 7, will join veteran judges, Kian Egan and Bressie and new judge Una on the talent show which airs on RTÉ on the 4th January next year.

Rachel spoke of her delight at the announcement, saying: “I’m a big fan of The Voice so I can’t wait to join the team of coaches on the Voice of Ireland this year. I’m sure it will be great fun, but most of all I’m looking forward to listening to the great vocal talent that Ireland has to offer each week and to securing a team of people who have excited me enough to make me push that button for them. When I turn my chair, it will be for someone really special who gets under my skin and I truly believe has what it takes to make it to the final.”

We wonder which of the ladies Kian will take on, having come face to face with Dolores and Jamelia in past times – we can't wait to see!

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Just weeks after announcing she is expecting her second child, Irish singer Una Foden has some other super-exciting news to share.

The Saturdays star has just been announced as a new coach on The Voice of Ireland!

Una’s exciting news was announced this morning, with confirmation that the Tipperary native will replace Dolores O’Riordan in the red seat.

Una will join seasoned judges Kian Egan and Bressie on the panel for the next series of the show, while Jamelia’s replacement has yet to be revealed.

Currently based in London with husband and rugby star Ben Foden and their two-year-old daughter, Aoife Belle, Una will commute to Dublin for filming.

Una has just finished up a month-long greatest hits tour with The Saturdays, so no doubt she will be looking forward to turning her talents to a new project. Before fans of the band get too upset though, Una’s bandmate Frankie Bridge has said that this is definitely “not the end” for the girl group.

Phew!

We are big fans of Una’s here at Shemazing!, so we are really looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the show.

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