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Saturday 16 December 2017

It's S Club heaven as Rachel takes a seat on The Voice

S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens has been brought in to spice up The Voice of Ireland.

Sultry Rachel (36) and The Saturdays singer Una Foden are the new judges on the popular RTE show.

The programme's blind auditions are due to begin next week, and the two will join Kian Egan and Bressie in the red spinning chairs.

Una and Rachel are two very talented ladies with impressive pop star credentials - they have 11 chart-topping albums and 24 singles between them.

Una (32) has been a member of The Saturdays since 2008, and the band have notched up 13 Top 10 hits and five Top 10 albums.

PROMINENCE

Rachel was in S Club 7 between 1999 and 2003 before launching her solo career. She also rose to prominence when she came second on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. She married actor Alex Bourne in 2009 and they have two girls together, four-year-old Amelie, and Millie, who was born in April.

Rachel said she can't wait to get stuck in with the auditions.

"I'm a big fan of The Voice so I can't wait to join the team of coaches on The Voice of Ireland," she said.

"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.

"When I turn my chair, it will be for someone really special who gets under my skin and who I truly believe has what it takes to make it to the final."

Tipperary native Una - who is pregnant with her second child with hubby Ben Foden - also shared her excitement at joining the quest for Ireland's next top music star.

"I'm delighted to be a part of the fantastic team behind The Voice of Ireland," she said.

"I love the show and I can't wait to sit in that chair. I know the talent that Ireland has to offer, so that button is going to see a lot of action."

battle

Una said she is gearing up for a battle royale.

"I'm excited to be working with Bressie, Kian and Rachel, but it will be me who finds this year's winner," she added.

The search for The Voice of Ireland will begin next week, starting with the blind auditions which will be followed by the battles in November.

The show doesn't air until next January 4.

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