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The All Ireland Talent Show is an RTÉmarker television series billed as Irelandmarker's biggest-ever talent contest. It was first announced in November 2008 and the first series commenced broadcasting on 4 January 2009, completing on 15 March 2009. Modelled on Britain's Got Talent, it is produced by Tyrone Productions. Airing on RTÉ One, it is hosted by Gráinne Seoige.

Five judges take part and each regional judge, with the assistance of two other personalities who then disappear from the show, select five acts to be put forward to the live studio heats. Louis Walsh was approached to act as a judge before series one but refused to commit. On the opening night of series one, The All Ireland Talent Show had over 500,000 viewers, with Ireland only having a population of over 4 million people. The opening is similar to the Got Talent series. The twenty-five finalists in series one competed for a first prize of €50,000, which was eventually won by the Mulkerrin Brothers of the Aran Islandsmarker.

A second series was announced in August 2009. It was scheduled to avoid competition with UK talent show The X Factor, which featured Irish twins John & Edward.

Series one

During series one, Shane Lynch expressed his concern over the tactical voting of other judges, saying that he felt some of them were deciding upon their marks in what he viewed as an incorrect way. "It's going to affect me, don't get me wrong, it has affected me in fact", he told RTÉ.ie. Referring to the elimination of his dance act Raw Edge Crew, Lynch commented: "They should have done it (progressed)... and there was tactical voting involved". Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh described herself as the "most honest" judge. Judge Dáithí also reported his dissatisfaction with his fellow judges. Judge Creedon reported his dissatisfaction with Judge Dáithí after the series.

List of contestants

Live finals

Series two

A second series of The All Ireland Talent Show was announced on 10 August 2009. Aidan Power will present as as-yet untitled new companion show which has seen him end his time as co-presenter of Winning Streak: Dream Ticket. Gráinne Seoige will return as presenter in her only role on the channel following the scrapping of Seoige. The second season of The All Ireland Talent Show will be an extended one with more shows. Judge Creedon has warned Dáithi O'Sé to stop stealing acts from Munster, alleging that he invaded County Claremarker in series one and that he would be "answerable to me and to my gang" if he continued to persist.



It was claimed that over 500,000 people viewed the first episode of the first series which aired on 4 January 2009. The second show had over 600,000 viewers.

John Boland of the Irish Independent pointed out that judge Shane Lynch loved almost everything he saw and heard but suspected that the producers had "simply gone out into the street and rounded up the first 30 people they came across". He was also intrigued that many of the chosen contestants were either black or East European.

Also DJ Jockey Joe Collins claimed that Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh's judging skills were very poor. He pointed out that after sending an eleven-year-old home, why would she let through a seven-year-old?

The humorous Irish band Seamus Moloney and the Silver Mackerels released a song 'RTÉ's Got Talent',which parodied the five judges of The All Ireland Talent Show. A video acccompanying the song was posted on youtube on the 14th of March.

The show has also been the subject of criticism as most of the entries are uunder-18, and that parents are putting pressure on their children to compete.

The programme appeared in Ireland's top ten most viewed television programmes of 2009 as far as November.

The second series opened with 650,000 viewers, according to RTÉ director of television Noel Curran.


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