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Voice of Ireland gig no longer in script for Danny


Danny O'Donoghue

Danny O'Donoghue

Danny O'Donoghue

It may be one of the most coveted jobs in Irish showbiz - but Danny O'Donoghue has ruled himself out of the running for the Voice of Ireland as final preparations for the fourth series get underway.

Producers of the popular RTE show are said to be in talks with a number of major artists as they replace Dolores O'Riordan.

However, The Script frontman Danny (right) has moved to allay speculation that he's one of the celebrities in negotiations for the new instalment of the show.

The hunky Dubliner has quit as a judge on the first two seasons of the BBC programme alongside Tom Jones, Will.i.am, and Jessie J.

Voicing his concerns that the show was taking the focus away from his band, Danny said: "We felt if we did it one more year we might be taken in by the BBC as an act - almost like a part of the establishment.

The main influence on this was coming back into the fold and being a band again - not wanting to be Danny from The Voice. I want to be known as Danny from The Script."

Nevertheless, the 33-year-old said the show was beneficial to his band's profile: "We did our time, it served our purpose and it really cemented what The Script were."

Despite winning the show last year with his act Andrea Begley from Co Tyrone, Danny also raised his concerns at the failure so far for the programme to produce a major music star as has rival contest the X Factor.

"I am disappointed there's no staying power. I have always said the X Factor is a television show run by the music business whereas The Voice is a music show run by a television company."

The band's fourth album, No Sound Without Silence, is out on September 12.