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The All Ireland Talent Show

Monday, 1 February 2010

"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)".REF:-

Winners so far:-

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

Chasin' Hooley

The North - Dana

Talent/ Act: Traditional group

Full Names: Ronan Kane, Aaron Mc Sorley, Richard McSorley, Oliver Conlon,
Eamon Cullen, Pauric Daly

Town & County: Eglish, Co. Tyrone

Chasin' Hooley have been together as a trad band for roughly 2 years. However the members have all known each other for many years, either as school friends or neighbours. They each have their day jobs, working in IT and construction, but come together through their love of Irish trad music. Richard and Aaron are brothers and come from a very musical family. The band often practices at the McSorley family home or in Oliver's garage. They love to travel to Celtic and Spanish festivals, especially in Europe, often taking part in impromptu sessions. They all share a love and passion for music since they were a young age and it would be a dream come true if exposure on the show allows them to play on a full time basis.

Ben Escorcio

The South- John Creedon

Talent/ Act: Italian Classical Singer

Full Names: Ben Escorcio

Town & County: Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare

Born in London and having also lived in Australia, Ben, his parents, Sandy and Leo and his brothers, Marcus (5) and Alex (15) moved to Co. Clare just over a year ago to be nearer to Sandy's parents, John & Ann.

Ben's talent was discovered when his aunty Rita pointed it out what a beautiful voice he had, when he was 5 years old. Since then he has been involved in numerous choirs and musicals both here and in Australia and also plays piano. He is currently one of the youngest members of The Lismorohaun Singers, choir, who recently performed with The London Symphony Chorus.

Ben is very excited to be representing the South in The All Ireland Talent Show. Although he hasn't lived there for very long, he loves the region and has made great friends. He hopes to make everyone, who welcomed him to the area proud and introduce classical music to a wider audience.

Kathryn and Niall,

The East -Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

Talent/ Act: Duet : Kathryn sings and Niall plays guitar

Full Names: Kathryn Nea and Niall Kelly

Town & County: Castletown-Geoghegan, Westmeath

Kathryn and Niall are a musical duo from the Castletown-Geoghegan area of Westmeath. Though they are just friends, they became a performing duet when they provided the music for a relative's wedding and they have been performing together ever since. They are both accomplished performers in their own right - Kathryn's unique voice has earned her numerous titles, her most prestigious is the The All-Ireland Fleadh - Female Solo title which she has won for the last 2 years running. Niall is a gifted musician, playing the guitar, banjo and mandolin. He is the U18 Fleadh banjo champion for Westmeath and narrowly missed out on taking the Leinster title by a single point.

Both attend the Mercy Secondary School in Kilbeggan. Their musical influences differ from those of typical 17year olds and include Luke Kelly and The Dubliners. They initially entered The All Ireland Talent Show just to gain some experience and were absolutely shocked that they were chosen by Bláthnaid to represent the East.