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Mates: Storm Uechtritz, Ronan Keating and Russell Crowe at the Irish premiere of Noah. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mates: Storm Uechtritz, Ronan Keating and Russell Crowe at the Irish premiere of Noah. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mates: Storm Uechtritz, Ronan Keating and Russell Crowe at the Irish premiere of Noah. Photo: Brian McEvoy

HE may be great mates with Hollywood heavyweight Russell Crowe, but Ronan Keating is leaving his acting career to the side for the time being.

The singer has been making a name for himself as a budding thespian, enjoying his feature film debut in the comedy Goddess.

However, the dad of three is going back to his musical roots after flying to Australia for three weeks to start work on a new series of The X Factor.

The 38-year-old is returning to the judging panel for the sixth series of the show alongside former UK show mentor Dannii Minogue.

The first round of auditions in front of a live studio audience takes place in Melbourne this week.

Quality

Speaking to the Herald before he left, Keating said it would be a nice change to go to Australia, where he met his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz.

"I'm going back to Australia for three weeks for The X Factor and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"Work is going really well and I'm very busy so I can't complain."

Before he left, Keating made the most of quality time with his children as son Jack (15), actress daughter Missy (13) and Ali (8) joined him and TV producer Storm for the Irish premiere of Noah.

While he will be spending the next few weeks abroad, Keating will not be away for too long as he is set to return to Ireland for filming on his new movie, The Riders.

He will share the screen with Luke Hemsworth and Mark Strong in the screen adaptation of the Man Booker prize-nominated novel.

Keating enjoyed spending time with actor Crowe and joined him in Dublin pub Kehoe's for a pint during his whirlwind promotional tour to Dublin at the weekend.

"I have met him on a few different occasions and I have great time for him, so it was really nice to catch up," he said.

While they have yet to work together, Crowe suggested it could be only a matter of time.

"I auditioned Ronan for a movie called The Water Diviner earlier this year, the actor said. "I put him through some hoops – he was good."

ERABBITTE@HERALD.IE


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