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Brian lines up Oz talent show place

It's not all bad news for Aussie-based flopstar Brian McFadden you know. Despite failing to set the charts alight since quitting Westlife in 2004 to pursue an unsuccessful solo career, he has confirmed that he will join the panel of the hit show Australia's Got Talent this year.

The Artane-born singer has revealed how he will be joining X Factor star Danni Minogue and new recruit Kyle Sandilands as one of the leading players in the forthcoming programme.

And he is insisting that there won't be any handbags at dawn between him and his fellow panel members.

"I think the one thing the show won't have is, there won't be any bitchiness between the judges," he said. "We all like each other, but there will be no being soft on the contestants."

However, Brian was recently left fuming after his former bandmates ruled out ever performing with Brian again -- unless it was in a pub or a social situation.

Asked if they would ever re-unite with Brian again, Kian Egan instantly shot down the suggestion.

"No... he doesn't live in this country and he's not in the music industry any more. He has a new life in Australia."