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.
Presented by Gráinne Seoige the programme features a panel of five judges – former Miss Ireland and author Amanda Brunker (Dublin), RTÉ television presenter and Meath-native Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh (The East), Galway native and daytime television presenter Daithi O Sé (West), Eurovision-winning ex-MEP and Derry-native, Dana (North), and Cork’s own hugely popular RTÉ Radio broadcaster, John Creedon (The South).
Programme 3 – Dublin
Amanda takes to the role of The All Ireland Talent Show judge with relish – she’s keen to undo the run of bad luck encountered by the previous Dublin incumbent, Boyzone’s Shane Lynch and is going into the competition with a serious strategy of choosing acts that are of national and not just local appeal. She’s not in the slightest bit concerned about being the new girl on the block and has her eyes firmly on the prize.
Assisting her in choosing her final eight were Shane Lynch and DJ-ing legend Larry Gogan.
As they whittle their way through Dublin’s talented troops, Amanda and her team were treated to the following:
Andy Deegan – who at 86 years of age was officially the oldest EVER contestant of The All Ireland Talent Show. He told his wife that he ‘was just going for a walk’ rather than admit he was fulfilling a lifelong held ambition to audition for a talent competition
23-year-old retail assistant Teng Gao hopes he’ll realise his dreams of being a professional singer when he performs a unique take on Cheryl Cole’s ‘Fight For This Love’.
Dublin has a huge reputation in dance and the auditionees didn’t disappoint – one act even made Mr Shane Lynch take to his feet for his first ever standing ovation on the show.
And Amanda takes to her feet and joins one of the auditionees who literally swept her off her feet.