Monday 19 February 2018

Dolores O'Riordan is done with 'The Voice of Ireland'

Dolores O'Riordan during the Second live show of The voice of Ireland in The Helix
Dolores O'Riordan during the Second live show of The voice of Ireland in The Helix
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The Curtain has come down on Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan's stint on The Voice of Ireland.

The Zombie singer has called it quits on the RTE talent contest after deciding that the commute from her Canadian hometown to Dublin was just too much.

Producers are already casting the net far and wide to find a replacement, with negotiations expected to take place with some UK-based stars.

Dolores, who has three children, Dakota, Molly, and Taylor, with hubbie Don Burton, was on the show for just one series and appeared to go down well with viewers.

She was credited with breathing a fresh lease of life into the show, which films in The Helix in DCU, after joining Niall Breslin, Kian Egan, and Jamelia in the rotating red chairs.

Despite admitting to never watching the show before becoming a mentor, the Limerick-born singer made it to the final stages with her talented contestant Kellie Lewis.

However, sources close to the singer say the lengthy journey to her home in Buckhorn, Ontario, to the Irish capital really took its toll on her.

"It's a seven hour flight and she was having to fly back to Canada every Monday morning and then come back at the weekend to mentor her contestants.

"That would be exhausting for anyone, but she also has three children to look after.

"She really enjoyed doing the show but it was time to move on to something new."

Among the names mooted as possible replacements are The Saturdays' star Una Healy as well as UK chart-topper Pixie Lott.

ShinAwil producer Larry Bass was keeping mum on speculation about Dolores' exit from the show.

He told the Herald that he was still in talks with RTE about the fourth series coming back so it would be "premature" to talk about the possible coaches.

It's understood that he has secured a major sponsor for the programme with a possible two-year deal on the table.

Feisty Dolores raised eyebrows during the last series after saying how she didn't believe that Jamelia was a feminist.  She also alleged that her programme rival was "intimidated" by her act Kellie's beauty.



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