Online applications are now being accepted for the third series of RTÉ's The Voice of Ireland, with the winning contestant securing a recording deal with Universal Records.

Interested singers aged 18 and over can apply online at by submitting an MP3 recording, video or YouTube clip, soundcloud or any digital format that showcases their voice.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, September 3, and the series will be back on RTÉ One in January 2014.

The Voice of Ireland presenter Kathryn Thomas said: "I'm delighted The Voice is back for its third season. There is so much musical talent in this country; I have no doubt the standards are going to be even higher this time 'round."

Thomas continued: "I'd encourage anybody who is even half thinking about entering to stop thinking and just do it. This is a huge platform for any artist.

"The coaches' line-up will be interesting, too. There are so many rumours flying around about who is returning and who's not. Either way, I can't wait to get stuck in."

RTÉ's Bill Malone said: "I'm very excited to bring this hugely successful series back to RTÉ. It's a firm favourite with viewers and series two was one of the most popular programmes on Irish television this year.

"This show offers singers a great platform to showcase their talent and the winning act a life-changing opportunity. The best of luck to everyone who applies."

Larry Bass of the show's producers, Screentime ShinAwil, said: "We have had some amazing talent come through the doors of the Helix the last two years and we want this series to be even better.

"We are looking for people who have been singing for years but need an extra helping hand to get a foot on the ladder and, of course, we want to see the untapped talent which Ireland has an abundance of."