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Gráinne Seoige - All Ireland Talent Show

Friday, 20 November 2009

The All Ireland Talent Show is back on our screens this Sunday and we have Gráinne Seoige - the woman with all the insider information with us today on the show.
Sunday 22 November 2009 6:30pm RTÉ One

"RTÉ ENTERTAINMENT: Whatever your age, whatever your talent, it's time to take centre stage - the All Ireland Talent Show is back!
Whatever your age, whatever your talent, it's time to take centre stage. The All Ireland Talent Show is back for a second series and this time it's bigger and better than ever - it's your time to shine for county, for country, for €50,000.

One of last season's biggest hits, the All Ireland Talent Show returns on a mission to uncover the most engaging, exciting, impressive and entertaining talents this country has to offer. Last year The Mulkerrin Brothers captured the heart of the nation and brought victory to the West and to their mentor Daithi Ó Se.
This year Daithi's fellow judges are hoping to steal his crown and bring glory to their region. In a competition which pits region against region, as well as act against act, it's more than personal pride at stake - it's the pride of place that's paramount. The winning act will walk away with a phenomenal €50,000 prize.
Presented by Gráinne Seoige the programme features a panel of five judges - Boyzone star and Dublin-born Shane Lynch (Dublin), RTÉ television presenter and Meath-native Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh (The East), Galway resident and weatherman Daith Ó Se (West), Eurovision-winning ex-MEP and Derry-native, Dana (North), and Cork's own hugely popular RTÉ Radio broadcaster and Fáilte Towers winner, John Creedon (The South).

Programme 1 - The East Auditions
Head judge Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh scoured the East for the best in talent, in the hopes of wrestling the title of All Ireland Talent Champ from the hands of reigning champions Daithi O Se and The West. Assisting her were two local boys, Fair City's Pat Nolan and 2FM's Cormac Battle.

A huge turnout shows up at the auditions hoping to impress Blathnaid, including one of our oldest auditionees, who sees this as his last chance to achieve his long held dream. A familiar face turns up and leaves Blathnaid red faced for the second year in a row and one act moves her to tears. Plus a 6-year-old die hard rock fan leaves Blathnaid and her advisors speechless as he attempts to secure a place in her final eight". RTE PRESS RELEASE

The All Ireland Talent Show returns to our screens this Sunday at 6.30pm on RTE One.

Grainne Seoige
Gráinne Seoige is from Spiddal in the Gaeltacht. She has two brothers Eamonn and Cian and a sister Sile.

Her father Michael was the local Garda. After leaving school Gráinne studied English, Sociology and political science at UCG. After her degree she did a post graduate course in radio and television journalism.

At 21 Gráinne began her television career with Teilifis na Gaeilge (now TG4).

In 1998, Grainne took a job with TV3 and presented TV3's 5:30pm News and 6:30pm News with Alan Cantwell. She also presented News Tonight and was also a co presenter on Ireland AM.

In 2004 Grainne launched Sky News Ireland. Grainne has been involved in launching 3 different stations in Ireland - TG4, TV3 and Sky News.

Gráinne also presented on Sky News (UK). In 2006 Gráinne joined RTE. She launched her own daytime TV show Seoige and O'Shea - with journalist Joe O'Shea. The following year saw Gráinne presenting with her sister Sile on Seoige.

Gráinne also became a familiar face on the comedy show The Panel and even took the chair as a guest host in 2008. Gráinne has also presented the People of the Year Awards and Up For The Match with Des Cahill.

Gráinne is the Patron of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI).

In 2002 Gráinne married former TV3 sports editor Stephen Cullinane - who know runs his own production company Touchline Media Ireland. Gráinne has a son Conall who is 15 years old.

What have the Mulkerrin brothers been up to since winning last year's show?
They have had a documentary made about them and that airs on Christmas day. They are three boys from Inismore and their parents are very down to earth and school comes first. At the same time they have done tremendously well - I was getting calls from people asking for their numbers as they wanted to put them on at gigs. I heard that they gigged with Sinead O'Connor and I think they also got themselves a UK agent. This competition made a huge difference to them. These guys are incredibly talented and these boys were traveling out to Galway for lessons and you can imagine what the weather would be like, they work so hard and it's what they love to do themselves and you can see that and that's what people loved about them. It all came so naturally to them.