Voice celebrities keep it local for Brian's big night
THEY have their pick of VIP haunts but The Voice of Ireland mentors snubbed all the celebrity clubs to celebrate in the unlikely surroundings of Temple Bar.
The Diary can reveal how the red carpet was rolled out at Buskers nightclub for Brian Kennedy's launch party for his new single Best Days as they all unwound after the Easter Sunday live show.
He was joined by his mentors on the RTE show Kian Egan and Sharon Corr as they put all the on-screen rivalry aside to party the night away. Also joining in the wrap party was show host Kathryn Thomas and the Engine Room presenter Eoghan McDermott.
But unfortunately for the ladies in attendance, Niall 'Bressie' Breslin couldn't make it as he had an early flight back to London in the morning.
Kian's wife Jodi Albert wasn't there either as she was spending the night in London with baby Koa.
The gang started off the evening in the bar area of Buskers before being whisked down to a private area of Alchemy nightclub underneath.
An area was cordoned off for the shows' stars as well as many of the professional dancers, crew members and production team working on the show.
They were given the VIP treatment in the club after venue owners splashed the cash on over €1,000 worth of complimentary champers.
"They had hired bunny girls for the night for the Easter theme and there were bottles of Moet laid out on all the tables with miniature cream eggs and chocolate bunnies. "Everyone was just free to help themselves and there was no shortage of booze," said a source. "They wanted to make sure everyone had a great night and really looked after them."
Also spotted at the party was celebrity trainer Paul Byrne and wife Siobhan, alongside celebrity stylist Ingrid Hoey, a favourite of Amy Huberman.
One of the dancers was even spotted giving mentors Brian and Sharon a Salsa dance lesson.
"There may be some tension between the judges on the show but once the cameras are off, they all genuinely get on great and are becoming good friends," the source added.
And Brian has confirmed that he will be tuning into the new instalment of Celebrity Come Dine With Me, which runs all this week.
Starring Pippa O'Connor, Madeline Mulqueen, Holly Sweeney, Shane Byrne and Michael O'Doherty, he said he couldn't wait to watch it.
"I will do because before I did it, it was one of my favourite shows so when they asked to me to do it, I said 'Yes' straight away.
"It was an experience, it was fun and hopefully it did distract people from all the negativity going on and made people laugh at a bit."
He also said he's relishing the prospect of taking to the stage with all the 12 remaining contestants as well as the judges this Sunday.