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Former Westlife singer Shane Filan performing solo. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former Westlife singer Shane Filan performing solo. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former Westlife singer Shane Filan performing solo. Photo: Steve Humphreys

WESTLIFE'S Shane Filan toasted the end of his three-night stint at the Olympia Theatre with a well-deserved blow-out.

He celebrated selling out his You and Me tour by inviting all his nearest and dearest from Sligo to join him backstage for a St Patrick's weekend knees-up.

Shane (32) was so thrilled with the success of his gigs, he decided to end his Dublin run in style with a huge showbiz bash. He was joined by his glamorous wife Gillian and dozens of their relatives who made the trip down from the North West.

Mingling

Others at the 50-strong party included his manager Louis Walsh as well as Shay Given's estranged wife Jane, who attended with socialite Annette Rocca.

Also spotted mingling in the VIP area was Adele King, aka Twink, and her Celtic Woman daughter Chloe.

Dad-of-three Shane told the Diary how they stayed in Dublin on Saturday to watch Ireland win the Six Nations championship before the family flew back to their English base.

Meanwhile, he had some interesting advice for Louis Walsh's new boy band. The Mayo music mogul has spent the past few months putting together a 'dream team' of singers that he reckons he can mould into the next Westlife.

However, Shane said the key to their success will be getting along.

"I'm sure there will be disagreements," he said. "In any kind of job, if you've four or five people that have the same say as anybody else, you have to have democracy if it's three versus two or whatever.

"They have to respect each other from day one and get what they don't like about each other out on the table. I think that's a good thing to do because you don't step on people's toes then. It's what keeps a band together. We did that at the very start and we stayed together for 14 years.

"It's not about sitting down and being like, 'I don't like you'. It's more like, 'I don't like the way you do that, it gets on my nerves'.

"It's usually done over a few pints when everyone's a bit more relaxed. We did that at the very start and it was a massive part of us getting on. The main reason we stayed together so long was because we got on."

He added how the music business was a "cut-throat industry" and Louis' new group needed to be prepared to work hard.

He added: "They need great songs. I know they're all great singers but it's down to great songs and you need a bit of luck, everybody does. They need to listen to Louis and he'll direct you in the right way. It will be very exciting for them."


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