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The public vote for Meteors Most Promising New Artist for 2010

There were plenty of die-hard revellers hitting the town over the weekend to unwind in style.

We had Big Brother playboy Kenneth Tong in our midst as the reality TV star enjoyed the hospitality of Lillie's Bordello.

Also out were Donegal radio presenter Michelle Doherty and Andrea Roche, who was catching up on all the gossip with her actress pal Leigh Arnold.

Other familiar faces spotted over the weekend were Irish rugby legend Mick Galwey and celeb chef Conrad Gallagher.

In Krystle, X Factor judge Louis Walsh was seen enjoying his night out with some close pals after jetting home from Miami.



  • Drum roll, please. Music-loving members of the public have been voting in their droves to choose the musical act they deem to be Meteors Most Promising New Artist for 2010.

A discerning panel of music experts, which includes our own music critic Eamon Carr, considered all the nominees, before narrowing it down to five contenders.

On the shortlist are Mullingar's finest Ever27, Amasis, Colm Lynch, Jody Has a Hitlist and Susie Soho.

Public voting for your favourite artist is now open and will run until February 15. Also on the panel of judges are veteran radio DJs Dave Fanning, Rick O'Shea, Larry Gogan and Warner Music's Pat Creed, and they will determine who will win the gong from the RDS on February 17.



  • The dulcet tones of Nicky Byrne hit the airwaves on 2FM over the weekend after the Westlife star took over a new slot called Celebrity Sunday.

The chart-topping pop star got a chance to play out some of his favourite songs for listeners during the slot yesterday evening.

He aired a selection of songs plucked from his own personal collection, which he said have influenced both his life and his career, and will also take to the decks next Sunday.

The star, who lost his father Nicky last November, described it as a "brilliant challenge for me and something I've always wanted to try".



  • Judging by the recent spate of bridal shows around the country, the wedding season is in full swing as excited couples start planning their big day in earnest.

And this evening it is the turn of acclaimed French designer Valerie Robert, who will launch her first collection of designer wedding gowns at a show in Abbeyleix in Laois.

The Parisian native started off life as a fine jewellery designer and worked with brands including Cartier and Chanel, but has lived in Ireland for the past 15 years after establishing Val Designs.



  • We could all do with a bit of a laugh in these dreary times and later this month sees the second annual Kells Comedy Festival taking place in county Meath.

Running over two days and starting on February 25, organisers are promising a stellar line-up of comedy stars for the event, which takes place in the Headfort Arms Hotel in Meath.

Among those who have confirmed they will be taking to the stage are the stars of RTE's Savage Eye, as well as those from Apres Match, including Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper and Gary Cooke.


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