Friday 23 February 2018

Jessie J leaves 2fm hanging to rest voice for gig

Singer Jessie J at Today FM's Ray Darcy show
Singer Jessie J at Today FM's Ray Darcy show
Singer Jessie J at Today FM's Ray Darcy show

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

IT was supposed to be Jessie J day at 2fm, but the national broadcaster was left disappointed after the 25-year-old failed to show yesterday.

Crash barriers had been erected on front of the radio building in RTE for 150 fans awaiting the arrival of the Voice UK star.

Another 50 fans had waited inside RTE to watch her perform two tracks live on Rick O'Shea's afternoon show, in what had been a major promotion of 2fm under new boss Dan Healy.

But at 3.45pm, just 15 minutes before she was due to arrive, Jessie's followers were left heartbroken after her tour manager arrived to break the news that the singer "needed to rest her voice" ahead of supporting Justin Timberlake in the Phoenix Park tonight.

The cancellation came just hours after Jessie fufilled an earlier radio appearance with Ray D'Arcy on rival station Today FM.

"Just want to say sorry to all the heartbeats at @RTE2fm for being unable to come. My voice has decided to be friends with the air con today and dry out to Marge Simpson vibes!" Jessie tweeted.

The singer then decided to try to sooth her vocal chords with Irish butter Dairygold.

Posting a photo of the Irish butter brand on Twitter with the message "Just had this in Jacob's crackers in the car as a snack. I know how to live! This butter though. Mmmm J".

Disappointed fans waiting inside RTE yesterday were offered free tickets for the Dublin date of Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour tonight, while the remaining fans outside accepted signed pictures of the singer.

The fans later posted a message on YouTube wishing the London born singer a speedy recovery with her voice.

Tonight's support slot will be Jessie's first time performing in Ireland since falling out with TCD students at the 2011 Trinity Ball.

As seen in The Herald; Herald.ie

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