'You're A Star' final attracts one of the largest audiences for an RTÉ programme ever.

Almost a million viewers tuned in to RTÉ One last night for the final of the 'You're A Star' talent search competition. The winner was 29-year- old Mickey Joe Harte from County Donegal. 

Winning the competition also means that Mickey Joe Harte will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'We've Got the World'.

The final took place at the Helix theatre in Dublin.

The competition has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people around the country. A staggering 1.3 million votes were cast on Saturday night.

Mickey Joe Harte and Simon Casey (2003)
Mickey Joe Harte and Simon Casey (2003)

23-year-old Simon Casey from Ballycumber, County Offaly came in a close second place. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 March 2003.