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Friday 17 August 2018

Jamelia quits Voice of Ireland

UK popstar Jamelia has decided not to return to RTE's Voice of Ireland this season, leaving producers scrambling for a replacement.

The singer (33) will be a noticeable absentee when the talent show comes back this autumn, after attempts to renegotiate her contract failed.

An inside source said that the UK perfomer's manager and the programme's producers couldn't agree on a deal for her third stint on the show.

The Birmingham-based star was said to be looking for a bigger deal financially, to make up for the commute from the UK to Dublin every weekend.

However, the RTE show did not have the budget to meet her request.

Quit

The mum-of-two is now the second female judge to quit the show in recent months, following on from Dolores O'Riordan's decision not to come back.

A source said: "It's a shame because Jamelia was an important member of the Voice's team.

"She was very dynamic and opinionated and had a winner with Keith Hanley."

Sources say that The Saturday's star Una Foden is now being lined up as a replacement, with behind-the-scenes talks sounding out if she's available for the job. She's currently pregnant with her second child with rugby star hubby Ben Foden.

mfinn@herald.ie

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