Bressie admits shock at Jamelia replacing Brian Kennedy on 'Voice of Ireland' panel
SINGER Bressie has admitted he was in shock when he learnt that Jamelia would be replacing Brian Kennedy on the judging panel of 'The Voice of Ireland'.
The 31-year-old told the Irish Independent that the upcoming series of the RTE programme will be completely different now that Kennedy has not signed on.
"I literally thought the team would be the same, so this has all come upon us very quickly.
"I am going to miss Brian. We got on very, very well . . . You do form professional and personal bonds with people . . . and we all (got a shock) to be honest.
"I'm meeting him next week and I want to find out why it happened, but Brian is that kind of guy who could just turn around and say, 'I don't want to do it this year, I want to make another album'. You have to understand if that is your agenda, it's very difficult to do this show as well."
"But when you look at (Jamelia's) back catalogue, she's had number ones and she's incredible vocalist so that's what you have to judge it on," he added.
The former Blizzards frontman said that he personally had no plans to turn down a second season.
It has been reported that he earned approximately €40,000 for his role in the first season of the show.
"I was asked to do 'The Voice' a couple of months ago and there was no doubt in mind about it." However, he insisted he'll never take on the 'Simon Cowell role' to boost ratings.
"That's stuff makes me sick to my stomach. I won't be bitchy, I'll be constructive."
Bressie was speaking at the Carphone Warehouse launch of its new iPhone 5 ambassadors yesterday. He was joined by model Rozanna Purcell, Olympic boxer John Joe Nevin, rugby player Cian Healy and 'Masterchef' judge Nick Munier.