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Voice host Eoghan ends radio silence with a new show

AFTER months off the radio, TV host Eoghan McDermott is dusting off his earphones.

The 'Voice of Ireland' host gave up his gig on UK station XFM earlier this year to focus on other projects.

But now he's returning to our airwaves and will front a spanking new radio show that will be transmitted in both Ireland and the UK.

"I'm going back to the radio in January in both the UK and Ireland," he told the Diary.

"It's a weird cross water/ station collaboration. It's RTE and a UK broadcaster. It should be interesting."

And as if that wasn't enough, Eoghan will also be popping up on our screen tonight with pilot show Next Year's News – a satirical quiz programme that tries to predict the big stories of 2014.

The broadcaster is hopeful that the one-off will be commissioned.

"I think it could go to a series – fingers crossed," he said. It will go for eight weeks and then straight into The Voice. If it does go to series, the show will be renamed – wait for it – Next Week's News.

But Eoghan admits filming with a panel of top-notch comedians, including PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamere, was an intimidating experience.

"It was the scariest thing I have ever done in my entire life," he said.

"The first joke I made was in front of a 600 strong audience and not one of them laughed. They sat there in stony silence."

Oh dear, that's not good at all. Let's just hope that there's a better reaction to the radio show.