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Linda 'voices' her dismay over talent-show snub

SHE has a Eurovision win under her belt, has mentored Jedward and was a judge on RTE series You're A Star.

However, RTE didn't come calling for Linda Martin when selecting their judging panel for new talent series The Voice.

Linda (57), who also starred as a judge in the hit series Popstars, admitted she would have been interested in a position on the show.

But there are no hard feelings.

"I wasn't approached by the makers of The Voice, I have to be honest, but I knew all about it already. Yes I would have like to have been asked, but I'd like to be asked to do a lot of things. But it's not always the right time when these shows come along. I am really anxious to see the show, I think it's going to be hugely successful. I know we will find an Irish star," she said.

The show which is set to air in the new year will be presented by Kathryn Thomas and Eoghan McDermott. On the judging panel is The Corrs singer Sharon Corr, Eurovision legend Brian Kennedy, Westlife's Kian Egan and former Blizzards frontman Bressie.

Linda is good friends with Louis Walsh, and helped with Jedward when they appeared on X Factor two years ago. And this year, she believes the Irish have a strong influence on the show.

She said: "I was over at the X Factor last weekend and Tulisa's mother is Irish, you've got Louis there, Craig Colton is Irish and Dermot O'Leary was there with his mum and auntie from Wexford."

Linda spoke out while launching this year's Christmas panto at The Olympia -- Jedward And The Beanstalk, where she will play Mama Gaga. She says she will be kept busy working behind the scenes at Eurovision 2012, which takes place in Azerbaijan.