Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy is one of ten acts on BBC Music's Sound of 2019 list - the annual countdown whose previous winners include Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.

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The Dubliner joins rapper Octavian, the group Sea Girls and MC Flohio on the list, which has been compiled by a panel of industry experts including grime star Stormzy, BBC Radio 1 and Other Voices presenter Annie Mac and Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis.

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Grace Carter, King Princess, Mahalia, Ella Mai, Rosalia and SlowThai complete the list.

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The countdown of the top five begins on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on Monday, January 7, with the Sound of 2019 winner announced on Friday, January 11.

James Stirling, Head of BBC Music and BBC Music Introducing, said: "For 17 years the BBC Music Sound of list has been celebrating exciting up-and-coming talent and this year we are proud to recognise the work of such an eclectic mix of musicians.

"There's a wealth of talent coming through and I look forward to seeing the artists build their reputations in 2019."

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