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Monday, 18 January 2010

The All Ireland Talent Show is back for a second season on RTE ONE at 6.30pm.

"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 Ní Chofaigh (The East), Galway resident and weatherman Dáithí Ó Sé (The West),, Eurovision-winning ex-MEP and Derry-native, Dana (The North), and Cork's own hugely popular RTÉ Radio broadcaster and Fáilte Towers winner, John Creedon (The South)".

Winners so far:-

Week One: South - Michael Lawlor
Week Two: East - Seisuin
Week Three: West - Tara Burke

This Week's Hopefuls were:

1. South - John Creedon: Bella Anam - Siobhan Clifford and Helena Brosnan who sing and play piano. The girls are from Tralee in County Kerry and have grown up together, music has always been part of their lives.

2. East - Blathnaid NiChofaigh: Pyrotechnix all hail from Kilkenny and will be representing the East, the Rock 5 piece are all 16 years old and are: Aidan Byrne, James Rice, Brian Cantwell, Kevin McGrath and James McGrath.

3. West - Daithi O'Shea: Emma O'Sullivan and John o'Halloran - Emma does Sean Nos Dancing and John plays the accordion. Emma took up dancing 4 years ago and teaches it full time both in schools and privately

4. North - Dana Rosemary Scallon: Mark Adamson is a musical theatre singer from Colraine in Derry and has trained in the Performing Arts school in Ballymoney.

5. Dublin - Shane Lynch: Dublin will be represented by its first trad act with Tumbleweed, a 4 piece trad band from Rush in County Dublin. David Thornton, 20 on the fiddle, Áine O'Donnell, 19 on banjo, Grace Dowling 18 on accordion and Gary Weldon 20 on the guitar.