Family is the heart of upcoming Late Late Show Country Special

Cliona Hagan singing with sister Nicole at the Late Late Show Country Special.

The best Ireland's country music scene has to offer will be lining up for this Friday's Late Late Show Country Special in what has been dubbed a 'family affair'.

The night will kick off with the biggest opening number featuring a whole host of names: Daniel O'Donnell, Nathan Carter, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Michael English, Robert Mizzell, Derek Ryan and Trudi Lalor.

The opening performance will also include 100 'jivers' dancing to an 80s classic which has yet to be revealed.

Host Ryan Tubridy will host a 'Circle of Friends' who will share family stories from the likes of Robert Mizzell and his father Richard, who is flying from Louisiana for the show.

Other family duos include Susan McCann and her 13-year-old granddaughter Sinead, sisters Cliona and Nicole Hagan, and Jimmy Buckley with his daughter Claudia.

The winner of the 'Search for a Country Star' competition will perform a contemporary country hit with Nathan Carter.

Derek Ryan, Mick Flavin, Mike Denver, Dominic Kirwan, Margo, Louise Morrissey and Mary Duff will perform a tribute to Hank Williams that will include tracks such as 'Hey Good Looking' and 'I Saw the Light'.

Audience superfans will compete alongside Fred Cooke, Anna Geary, Michael English and Trudi Lalor in the 'Wagon Wheel of Fortune'.

There's also rumours Ryan will duet with Daniel O'Donnell...

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