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The Insider: 19/01/2010

Following a difficult end to 2009, Boyzone will release their much-anticipated new single Gave It All Away next month.

Described as touching, troubled and reflective, the song sees the four remaining members -- Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch -- come together to pay a special tribute to their late friend Stephen Gately.

The single, released on February 26 and written by Mika, features vocals from Stephen which were recorded in the summer.

The video will also be an emotional tribute, recorded in a mini-documentary style and featuring lots of fly on the wall moments.

  • SINGERS from 21 nations will descend on Dublin's National Concert Hall this evening to compete in the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.

Some 65 male and female opera singers will come together from 5pm in the hope of being shortlisted for the preliminary heats and be in with the chance of winning €10,000.

The final, featuring just six singers, will take place on January 28, with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra providing support under the baton of Laurent Wagner.

  • TG4 weatherman Daithi O Se got one over his fellow judge, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, this week, after he voted her act Pyrotechnix off the All Ireland Talent show.

The star, who is representing the West on the RTE series, has been placed at odds of 15/8 favourite by bookmakers Boylesport to produce the winning act again this year.

Galway songstress Tara Burke McDonnell is the reason O Se remains at the top.

Her voice stands head and shoulders above the rest, as she continues to be the favourite at 10/3.

  • CELEBRITY chef Kevin Dundon will step out tomorrow afternoon to officially launch his new partnership with Philadelphia.

The popular foodie will prepare a number of his special Philadelphia-inspired recipes for guests at an invite-only lunch.

The event will take place at the exclusive Dylan Hotel, from 1pm.

  • DESPERATE fame-seekers came out in force this morning for the official Dublin auditions of the final Big Brother series.

Interested parties are being urged to pop along to the RDS on Anglesea Road as early as possible before auditions close this afternoon, to be in with a chance of participating in this year's show.

Wannabe contestants must be aged 18 or over by May 2010.