'All Ireland Talent Show' judge Dáithí O'Sé has said that he is determined to defend his title as winning judge on the show.
Speaking to RTÉ.ie about his acts this year, he said: "We had five acts last year, we have eight acts this year, which is fantastic. So it did give me a bit of scope to take a few chances with different types of acts."
"People will be surprised with one or two of the acts that I've put through."
"There are one or two acts that will absolutely blow people away."
When asked if he could win the show again, he said: "I definitely can win. I have acts that can win it. It'll just depend how strong the other regions are. I think the West blew everybody away last year."
Referring to the other judges, he said: "They're definitely trying to knock me off my perch. There's no doubt about that."
"But I suppose it's like when you're the All-Ireland Football or Hurling champions, you're the team to beat... so the West are the team to beat. But I've a good feeling that I've a really, really strong team."
"When you're the winner from last year you have to go on to try to defend your title or the whole thing falls apart."
He said of the judging panel: "We're always at each other but we are friends at the end of it."
"You have to stand up for your acts. In all fairness, you're responsible for putting them there, for putting them out in front of people at home and the judges."
"If the other judges are taking my acts apart, I have to take them apart, which is easy enough done, to be honest," he said.