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Voice boss not asked about Ryan contract release

THE Voice Of Ireland TV boss says he has yet to be contacted by Britain's Got Talent about releasing a contestant from his contract.

Former Fair City star Ryan O'Shaughnessy (19), far right, melted hearts on Britain's Got Talent with a romantic song he wrote for his girlfriend.

But his dreams of continuing have been put into doubt because he had already performed and signed a contract for The Voice Of Ireland.

However, telly boss Larry Bass disputed claims that makers of the RTE show "refused" to relinquish him from his initial contract with the talent contest.

"No one has approached me about it and asked me to release him," he told the Herald. "A contract is a contract and they have to be honoured.

Maybe Simon Cowell doesn't have my number but I haven't received any requests from anyone from Britain's Got Talent about Ryan. I do think he's very good though."

A source from Universal Music Ireland, which will give the overall winner of the RTE show a €100,000 contract, has confirmed that no formal approach has been made to the company asking that Ryan be freed.

The Skerries teenager was axed from the first round of live auditions but then sparked controversy by popping up on Britain's Got Talent, where he sung his romantic No Name song written for secret crush Katie Keegan.

He's now keeping his fingers crossed that something will be negotiated in his favour on the Voice contract, ahead of the BGT semi-finals at the end of this month.