Tyrone Productions, with RTÉ Young Peoples invited eight music mad, ambitious and hardworking Irish transition year students on the challenge of a lifetime –to take part in a new seven part series which sees them get a weekly backstage pass to meet and work with some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Tasked each week by top Irish Tour Manager and Louis Walsh’s right hand man Liam McKenna, the challenges see our contestants get face to face, access all areas to some of the biggest names in Pop Music – bands such as The Saturdays and boyband The Wanted, who set and judge each of the weekly challenges.
Challenges set by Liam include producing a music video for ‘District 3’ and creating merchandise for ‘The Wanted’ amongst others, while Louis Walsh sets and judges a media challenge. The final two teenagers battle it out while managing JLS at an Irish Summer festival with JLS selecting the ultimate winner.
“For a young person, this is a great opportunity” says Liam McKenna.
“They’re going to see both sides of the business. This is going to open their eyes to what it’s really like.”
Every week one of our competitors must leave the competition and hand back their access all areas pass. There is only one ultimate winner, securing a work placement with Liam McKenna on a top gig in Miami.
Liam McKenna is a former member of the girl/boyband ‘SIX’ and ‘There’s a whole Lotta Lovin’ is still the biggest selling single ever in Ireland. He now is one of the UK and Ireland’s busiest tour managers, having worked with an impressive catalogue of acts, including JLS, Girls Aloud and Westlife, and is currently working with Louis Wash as he searches for Ireland’s next big boyband.
Programme Two: ‘Re-record a Track Challenge’
The Saturdays ask the contestants to re-record their hit track ‘What About Us’.
The contestants are split into two teams of three, and four. They must decide in what style they’re going to record the song, and what musicians they’ll require. Both teams audition musicians, and decide upon their final line up, and record the song in Windmill Lane studios all overseen by producer Mark McCabe.
Meanwhile they must also produce album art work to support their freshly recorded track.
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