Do you have what it takes to be star? Then a new RTÉ television show is for you.
The winning act in the 'You're A Star' series will receive recording and management contracts and go forward to represent Ireland in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest.
The show will be presented by Ray D'Arcy and the judges are former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona now Kerry McFadden, music publicist Darren Smith, and musician and composer Phil Coulter.
'You're A Star' will consist of twenty episodes with the final ten going out live every Sunday night. The big difference between 'You're A Star' and the programme 'Pop Stars' is that the viewers get to vote to choose their favourite. The programme is produced by Shinawil Productions in association with RTÉ and will begin broadcasting on 20 October.
Anyone can take part by showing up at one of the various venues throughout the country. Those entering must be over the age of sixteen to take part. The first auditions will be at the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire.
Ray D'Arcy says that the show is not just about the music.
It's about the drama and the human interest stories and the tears and the hoots of celebration and I'm looking forward to being there for people. I'm going to be a shoulder to cry on and a hand to shake.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 September 2002. The reporter is Dympna Moroney.