I've no idea who'll be Voice judges this year – Kathryn
THE Voice of Ireland is looking for new talent for its third season – and it's not just contestants this time.
As RTE officially opened applications for the new series last night, some of the show's stars admitted that they have no idea who will take their place on this year's judging panel.
The series, which will hit screens in January 2014, will see the four red chairs turning for a new wave of talent. But host Kathryn Thomas admits that it is anyone's guess who those faces will be.
British R'n'B star Jamelia will not attempt to defend her crown after winning last year's series with Cork native Keith Hanley.
Meanwhile, Mullingar stud Bressie, ex-Westlife star Kian Egan and musician Sharon Corr have yet to sign on the dotted line.
"The coaches line-up will be interesting," said Kathryn.
"There are so many rumours flying around about who is returning and who's not."
The 34-year-old, who is proving to be RTE's golden girl yet again this autumn, says she is looking forward to getting her teeth into a new season after last year's ratings proved to a success.
"I'd encourage anybody who is even half thinking about entering to stop thinking and just do it," she added.
"This is a huge platform for any artist."
While the judges have yet to be confirmed, one pal of Kathryn's who will definitely reprise his role is Dublin presenter Eoghan McDermott.
"It's so hard to know, I'm almost sure that Kian is coming back," Eoghan told the Herald.
"And I also think that Bressie will be back, but until they are officially confirmed it's so hard to say."
And the London-based presenter (29) has his own ideas about who should take the judging roles this year.
"I would love to see Una Healy do it, but it would probably be too much with her show as well," he said.
Produced by Screentime ShinAwiL, the third series of The Voice is hoping to build on the success of previous years.
Producer Larry Bass said he is ready for another year and is determined to make this series better.
"We are looking for people who have been singing for years but need an extra helping hand to get a foot on the ladder, and of course we want to see the untapped talent which Ireland has an abundance of," he said.