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Voice hopefuls skip craic for rehearsal

CONTESTANTS on The Voice will be skipping St Patrick's celebrations to ensure that they are on form for tomorrow's show.

Singing hopeful Gari Deegan (right) told the Herald that he was even skipping his father's birthday today because he was so dedicated to the competition.

"My dad's name is Paddy and he's turning 57 today -- so I should have an extra reason for celebrating Paddy's Day but I'll be working all day and then going straight to bed," Gari (28) explained.

"We started rehearsals at 8.30am and we've got a lot of things to cover from the singing, to the styling, our movements and camera angles.

"By the time we are finished it will be late at night and we'll all go back to the apartment, cook dinner and go to bed.

"It will be a very quiet night, and I wouldn't drink except on Sunday after the battles -- I want to give my voice a rest. I treat myself after the show and that's it."

Meanwhile, the hottest thing in Irish dancing right now, Prodijig, have hung up their dancing shoes for St Patrick's Day.

The Got To Dance winners have been in high demand since winning the international talent show and nearly €300,000.

However, Alan Kenefick, the leader and main choreographer of the seven-strong troupe, insisted that they take a break over the coming weeks to prevent them from "burning out".

"What a lot of people don't know is that we didn't see our families at all this year and we're only getting to catch up now," Alan (27) said.