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Monday 21 April 2014

Bressie helps Jamelia with the lingo

NEW Voice of Ireland judge Jamelia is enjoying her time in Dublin -- so much so that she is learning Irish slang.

Fellow judge Bressie has been helping Jamelia to adapt to her new role on the panel.

And the Mullingar man says that he is teaching her local language used by some of the contestants.

"Jamelia has been picking up some Irish words and is making her mark on the panel," Bressie said.

"She is a good sport and is well able for it," he added.

British singer Jamelia was drafted in as a coach for the second series of the Irish version of The Voice to replace singer Brian Kennedy.

It has been a baptism of fire for the singer turned actress and presenter.

Filming

"She definitely has different ideas and has been very interesting, but she is doing great and fitting in well."

Filming has begun on the earlier rounds of the show and the live shows will begin in the New Year.

Jamelia and former Blizzards front man Bressie will be joined on the panel by last year's coaches Sharon Corr and former Westlife star Kian Egan.

Bressie has a tough act to follow after his contestant Pat Byrne took the title last year.

But the singer-songwriter says that he has recruited some great talent again this year.

"I have three or four really talented contestants and I'm looking forward to working with them."

Big things are expected of The Voice this year after its debut series attracted average audiences of almost 600,000.

And Bressie is looking forward to performing both on his own and with his fellow judges as he launches his new album in March.

"I will be performing this series -- both on my own and with the other judges, so obviously that's exciting."

And Bressie says that he would love to perform with Pat Byrne, who released his debut album All Or Nothing last month.

"I would definitely love to perform with Pat again.

"There just hasn't been time. He's an incredible talent."

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