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The Voice fans will have to pay for their tickets as RTE recoups its costs

FANS hoping to catch a glimpse of The Voice will have to pay for tickets because the venue is "more commercial" than studios previously chosen by RTE.

The Helix in DCU was chosen because it can "accommodate larger crowds than the venue for the All-Ireland Talent Show" which was aired from Ardmore studios in Bray, RTE said.

No charges applied for audience members for the All-Ireland Talent Show this year because "the venue at the time was much smaller".

Filming for The Voice will start this month but it won't be aired on RTE until the New Year.

The show was set up to replace the All-Ireland Talent Show which was axed as producers made way for the The Voice franchise, which has been a huge hit in America.

News of the ticket charges is a shock to musical fans as charges did not apply to audience members who attended a number of X Factor auditions in Britain. There were also no charges for previous RTE music shows.

However, ticket charges applied for RTE's former production shows such as Fame The Musical and You're a Star -- which were also filmed in The Helix.

A spokesperson for Shinawil Productions, the promoters behind the new show, said RTE would not profit from the ticket charges.



Discounts

"The show was set up by an independent production company, RTE are just the broadcasters and will not be subsidised at all.

"Ticket charges are there to cover the hiring of venue costs," the spokesperson said.

Single tickets for the show will cost €10, two tickets will cost €15 while four tickets will cost €30.

"Tickets are much cheaper for this show and The Helix is offering special discounts," said an RTE spokesperson.

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