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Monday, 28 January, 2002, 09:14 GMT
Hear'Say reveal audition date
The Dublin appearance lasted just five minutes
Pop group Hear'Say performed as a foursome in Dublin on Sunday night in their first live appearance without singer Kym Marsh.

The group played at a fundraiser for the charity ChildLine, days after confirming the departure of Marsh.

Althought there had been speculation that Marsh's replacement would appear at the Dublin concert, the group said an open audition for the role will be held in Brixton, London, on Sunday 3 February.

Kym Marsh
Marsh: Wants to spend more time with her two children
The group's appearance at Dublin's Point Theatre lasted just five minutes.

The foursome - Myleene Klass, Noel Sullivan, Danny Foster and Suzanne Shaw - were on the same bill as Westlife and S Club 7, in what was the fourth Dublin ChildLine fundraising show.

Hear'Say finally admitted that Marsh had left the band on Thursday - after weeks of speculation.

The news, which has hit headlines, was fuelled by rumours at the weekend that Pop Idol reject Zoe Birkett, 16, would audition for the group.

But she denied this, and after being voted off the ITV1 show on Saturday night, she said: "I'm flattered - but I want to concentrate on my solo career."


Marsh's decision to leave came less than a year after the group was put together by the ITV1 show Popstars.

Speculation was rife she had fallen out with fellow bandmate Myleene Klass.

But the band has given the reason that she wants to spend more time with her children and that her priorities had changed.

"Kym has not been entirely happy and fulfilled with her position in the band and so it was decided by her that it was best to move on to allow Hear'Say to achieve its optimum," they added.

The group's first two singles and debut album went straight to number one, but subsequent releases have fared less well.

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