By Fiona Hynes
RTE’s hit series The Voice will return to our screens later this year but the judging line-up may be changed amid doubts over whether Kian Egan will continue.
Despite falling viewing figures towards the end of the first season, The Voice will definitely return for a second run later this year.
And while presenter Kathryn Thomas is signed up to appear again, question marks are hanging over a number of the judges.
Former Westlife singer Kian Egan, who just landed a spot presenting the Xtra Factor UK on UTV, is said to be considering his options and would prefer to explore opportunities across the water in the UK.
But RTE chiefs are said to be desperate to hold on to his services and will try their best to get him to sign up to another series.
Bressie, meanwhile, is “holding out” in ongoing contract talks.
The former Blizzards frontman was a massive hit with viewers and producers are also keen to have him back on board.
The singer is currently working on his second album so appearing on the show is sure to keep his profile high ahead of its release.
The other judges, Sharon Corr and Brian Kennedy, have no qualms about returning and are said to be the only two judges to have signed up so far.
The show’s format, however, is set for a major overhaul in order to boost ratings. While it will still be a 17-week run, the longest of all Voice shows around the world, changes will be made to the competition.
Producers Shinawill have just returned from Holland where they attended a Voice conference.
Sources have indicated that they have been advised to revamp the show to attract more viewers and ensure the show is competition enough to The X Factor.