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Thursday 14 December 2017

Una - I'll be singing off same 'Voice' hymn sheet as new judge Rachel

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Una Healy (L) and Rachel Stevens attend the launch of the UGG Christmas Grotto at Duke of York Square on November 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for UGG)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Una Healy (L) and Rachel Stevens attend the launch of the UGG Christmas Grotto at Duke of York Square on November 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for UGG)
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It doesn't look like there's any catfights looming between Irish pop princess Una Foden and fellow Voice of Ireland judge Rachel Stevens.

Pregnant Una (33) has revealed that while she doesn't know the British singer, they have two mutual friends in common, given that two of her Saturdays' band members previously worked with Rachel.

Sunning mum-of-two Rachel rose to fame with S Club Juniors alongside Rochelle Humes and Frankie Sandford, which was the fore-runner to the cheesy chart-topper S Club 7.

Speaking of her forthcoming role, Una said: "I know Kian and I've met Bressie a few times so it's Rachel who's another newbie. The two girls are the two newbies. I have loads in common with her already. She worked with the girls in S Club Juniors so now I'm working with an S Club 7."

The Tipperary native added how she's delighted that for once she'll be the youngest member on the panel.

Westlife star Kian Egan is 35 years old while Bressie is about to turn 34 and UK singer Rachel Steven's is the oldest judge at 36.

"I'm really excited - for once I actually feel young. I would be the oldest in the Saturdays obviously, but in this line-up I'm the youngest, so for once I'm like 'Yay, they're all old - I'm the youngest'," Una told 2fm's Nicky Byrne show.

She said she couldn't wait to join the fifth series of the popular show, given that Jamelia and Dolores O'Riordan both decided against coming back.

Una, whose second baby with hubbie Ben Foden will be a boy, has spent the past week working on the second series of RTE show Una's Dream Factory. Now she'll be turning her attentions towards finding "the best singer in Ireland".

"It's all about the voice and the talent and I just hope that lots and lots of people have entered in and not to be shy and come forward," she said.

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