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Saturday 16 December 2017

Jessie J is star guest for Voice

BRITISH pop star Jessie J will be taking to the stage at the Helix after being signed up to The Voice of Ireland.

The Herald can reveal how the award-winning singer will be performing on the Irish version of the popular talent show.

The crooner is one of the big-name judges on the forthcoming BBC version of the show, alongside Dubliner Danny O'Donoghue, Will.i.am and Tom Jones.

She recently started work filming the new show and host Holly Willoughby said she was doing an "amazing" job.

But Jessie J is now due to add some star power to the RTE-made programme, which is winning massive ratings every weekend.

"Jessie J's massively popular over here and she's a great performer so she's due to come to Dublin for one of the live shows," said an insider.

"The same way the X Factor brought in well-known guests to perform in the later stages, The Voice of Ireland will be inviting established acts onto the show as well. The guest performers will be a mixture of Irish and international artists with the mentors themselves also due to sing with their own acts."



Mentored

There are now 16 finalists left who are being mentored by four judges Brian Kennedy, Kian Egan, Sharon Corr and Niall Breslin.

This Sunday will see the first live final taking place at the DCU venue, with Team Bressie and Team Brian going head to head with their contestants.

The following week it's the turn of Sharon's team to perform again Kian's acts.

A combination of public votes and judges' decisions will see the top four acts from each team go forward to the next stage of the popular contest.

Over the next nine weeks of the competition, the aspiring stars are gradually whittled down until the grand final on April 29.

And in a first for Irish TV, the show will link up with all the Twitter and Facebook comments about the programme.

Former Blizzards star Bressie has now been installed as the bookies' favourite to win the overall show with his group including beauty consultant Kiera Byrne.

She has been tipped as the one to beat alongside Westmeath crooner Conor Quinn and another one of Bressie's acts, Pat Byrne.

Up for grabs for the overall winner is a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland worth a cool €100,000.

mfinn@herald.ie

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