Una Foden and Rachel Stevens announced as new judges on 'The Voice of Ireland'
Una Foden of The Saturdays and Rachel Stevens, formerly of pop group S Club 7, have been announced as the new judges on RTÉ music talent show, The Voice of Ireland.
The show returns in January 2015 and the ladies will join Bressie and Kian in the spinning red chairs, replacing last year's ladies Jamelia and Dolores O'Riordan.
Una and Rachel have 11 chart-topping albums and 24 singles between them.
Una has been a member of The Saturdays since 2008 and the band have achieved 13 top ten hits and 5 top ten albums. Rachel, meanwhile was in S Club 7 was 1999 to 2003 bfore launching her solo career, as well as coming second on Strictly Come Dancing.
“I’m delighted to be a part of the fantastic team behind the Voice of Ireland, I love the show and I can’t wait to sit in that chair. I know the talent that Ireland has to offer so that button is going to see a lot of action. I’m excited to be working with Bressie, Kian and Rachel but it will be me who finds this year’s winner!” said Una Foden in a statement. She has also tweeted about her excitement.
Rachel added, “I’m a big fan of The Voice so I can’t wait to join the team of coaches on the Voice of Ireland this year. I’m sure it will be great fun, but most of all I’m looking forward to listening to the great vocal talent that Ireland has to offer each week and to securing a team of people who have excited me enough to make me push that button for them.
"When I turn my chair, it will be for someone really special who gets under my skin and I truly believe has what it takes to make it to the final."
The search for The Voice of Ireland will begin in mid October when filming of the Blind Auditions commences followed by the Battles in November, although viewers will have to wait until early January to catch the talent on RTE as the show will air from 4th January 2015.
Contestants will audition in the Blind stages, Battle against each other in the Battle Stages and finally take to the live stage in Dublin’s Helix for a chance to win a recording contract with Universal.
Brendan McCahey winner of The Voice of Ireland 2103, will release his single ‘Sweet Love’ on 31st October taken from his album ‘To Where I Begin’ out 14th November.