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The All Ireland Talent Show

Monday, 15 February 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)".

Another semi finalist was chosen by the public last night!

Dublin - Fiona & Niall

Shane Lynch

Talent/ Act: Classical duet (Fiona: vocals & Niall: piano)
Full Names: Fiona Hickey & Niall Kinsella
Town & County: Rathfarnham (Fiona) Terenure (Niall) Dublin

Fiona and Niall are a classical duet from Dublin that have been performing for over a year and half. Fiona is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and is accompanied on the piano by Niall. The two became friends while both of them were studying at University College Dublin where they began to play at the UCD church mass every Sunday. Niall is currently doing a Masters in Music in NUI Maynooth and also accompanies the NUI Maynooth Ladies Choir. He is currently taking piano lessons in DIT every week. Fiona is currently doing a post grad with the hope of becoming a primary school teacher.

One of their favourite performances together was when they were selected to perform on the St. Patrick's Day mass broadcast on RTÉ 1 with the UCD Choral Scholars and they have also performed as a duo in The National Concert Hall. The two believe that they have the dedication and the team work that's required to go all the way on The All Ireland Talent Show.

The East - David Lofts

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

Talent/ Act: Singer with Guitar
Full Name: David Lofts
Town & County: Kiltegan, Co Wicklow

David is a confident sixteen year old from Kiltegan in Wicklow. He spends all his free time singing and playing his guitar at his family home. He's the youngest in his family and has great support from mum; Karen, dad; Bob, his two sisters (Karen & Deanne) and two brothers (Lee & Richard). He's a huge fan of greats like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé.

David is currently in Transition Year in Colaiste Eoin in Hacketstown, Carlow. When he manages to drag himself away from his guitar he is off playing one of a number of sports including; soccer, gaelic football, rugby and swimming.

He entered The All Ireland Talent Show because his family, girlfriend and school teacher encouraged him to get his voice out there. He's looking forward to walking out on the live show stage and showing the nation what he's got.

The North - Cealen McDermott


Talent/ Act: Singer / Impressionist
Full Name: Cealen McDermott
Town & County: Creggan, Co. Derry

Cealen is a 10-year-old singer who loves to impersonate Freddie Mercury. His mum Michaela first noticed his ability when he started to sing along to music videos at the age of 3.

They knew he wasn't like other kids his age, as he preferred to watch music videos instead of cartoons! It was clear he could pick up the words really easy and it wasn't long until he was impersonating Freddie Mercury, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and even Lady Gaga. Cealen loves to play with his seven-year old sister Molly and is also a mad football fan. However it always comes back to music with Cealen.

The All Ireland Talent Show is Cealen's biggest competition to date, although he did put on a surprise performance last year at his mum and dad's wedding. Michaela says she always knew in her heart that Cealen was going to be a performer. Even his granddad constantly says - "that boy is gonna be on the stage".

The South- Linda Fitzgerald

John Creedon

Talent/ Act: Singer
Full Name: Linda Fitzgerald
Town & County:Camp, Co. Kerry

Linda and her four sisters; Michelle, Marie, Jane and Tina grew up surrounded by music.

Her parents, Mike and Bernadette own a pub called 'The Junction Bar' and Linda took part in trad sessions in the pub from a very young age.

Linda is in 5th year in Mean Scoil Nua An Leith Triuigh in Castlegregory and hopes to go to university in the UK to study Musical Theatre.

Linda is dedicating her performance in the live shows in memory of her surrogate grandfather and local musician Maurice Griffin, who died earlier this year.

He discovered her vocal ability and always encouraged her develop her talent. Linda is very proud to be representing the South and feels like a superstar because she really is the talk of the town at the moment!

The West - Tuam All Star Gymnastics Club

Daithí O' Se

Talent/ Act: Gymnastics
Full Names: Fionnuala Dooley, Fiona Dooley, Emma Mahon, Fiona Delaney, Rachel Kelly, Ciara Hudson, Danielle Connolly, Amy Egan, Jacinta Mannion, Joy Watson, Kelly McCormack, Genevieve Callandor, Siobhán Callandor, Karyn Croke, Kelly Gilmore, Stephanie Gilmore
Town & County:Tuam, Co. Galway

The Club was founded 13 year ago by Fionnuala Dooley when she was just 19. Fionnuala started gymnastics in school and one of her teachers spotted her talent and arranged for her to do a teachers course during her transition year, funded by the school. She then started to help out in school coaching at lunchtime and after school.

During her first year in college at Galway NUI where she was studying English and Religion, she discovered that the gymnastic programme had been cancelled. She decided then to set up her own school, while continuing with her degree, she opened Tuam All Stars with 12 students and now has over 100-many of whom are currently on the Irish team. She only charges a minimum fee to cover overheads, to ensure the school is available to all.

As a group they love competing and loved the idea of being on TV. They all watched the show together last year, on there way home from competitions. They got hooked and decided that they wanted to audition next year and are delighted to have got through.