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The All Ireland Talent Show

Monday, 25 January 2010

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

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.

The Prize

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.

Judge and Presenters

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)".

. Viewership figures on New Years Eve were 603,000,.

Another semi finalist was chosen by the public last night!

Who Is The Guest?
. Aidan Power
. Winner: The West's Olwyn Murray

The winners so far:
Week One: South - Michael Lawlor
Week Two: East - Re-Seisuin
Week Three: West - Tara Burke
Week Four:- West - Emma and John
Week Five: West - Olwyn Murray

Acts for Sunday 24th January:

DUBLIN - SHANE LYNCH:- Joanna Ryde is the brainchild of comedian and drag artist Koyln Byrne. He entered the show last year and made it to Shane's final 10. Unfortunately however he did not make it to the live shows and this year he was determined to come back bigger and better.

THE EAST - BLATHNAID:- Na Fianna will be representing the East for judge Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh. This 4 piece Irish Ballad Group are: Damian Walsh (29), John Walsh (24), Ross Hennessy (22) and Lee Campion (21) all from Ballinakill, Laois and Kilkenny City.

THE SOUTH - JOHN CREEDON:- John Creedon has already one guaranteed spot in the semi finals and he's hoping that singer songwriter Michelle Skehan (25) will make it 2! Michelle, who is from Thurles in Tipperary has always loved music and can play piano, guitar, tin whistle, flute, banjo and bodhran. She gigs regularly in local pubs and is currently taking a year long career break from teaching, in order to focus on her music career. Michelle also enjoys camoige and football and as a Weight Watchers member has lost 7 ½ stone over the last 3 years. Michelle auditioned for the show last year but did not make it through to the live shows.

THE WEST - DAITHI:- Daithi O'Se's act Olwyn Murray 16, is a singer from Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Olywn is one of five girls and has always enjoyed singing ever since her first performance in The Sound of Music when she was just 6 years old. Since then she has had interest from LA music producers but put all this on hold to finish school.

THE NORTH:- DANA: Leonardo Lopez Monreal from Belfast will be looking to secure the North's first place in the semi finals. The 19 year old singer songwriter comes from an artistic family, Mum is an art teacher and Dad Alfenso, is from Mexico and now runs a cultural centre in Zacatecus,.. While he was in Mexico, his father was organising a cultural event, which involved a concert with many well-known Mexican artists. Leonardo managed to get a place on the line up and performed to 7,000 people. He says this is one of the most amazing experiences of his life.