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The All Ireland Talent Show
RTÉ The All Ireland Talent Show.jpg
Genre Talent show
Created by Tyrone Productions
Directed by John FD Northover[1]
Presented by Gráinne Seoige
Country of origin  Ireland
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 11 (first series)
12 (second series)
Producer(s) Noleen Golding[1]
Location(s) Ardmore Studios
Running time 30 - 60 mins
Original channel RTÉ One
Original run 4 January 2009 – present
External links
Official website

The All Ireland Talent Show is an RTÉ television series billed as Ireland'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,[2] it is produced by Tyrone Productions. Airing on RTÉ One, it is hosted by Gráinne Seoige.[3]

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.[4] 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. (NB: Ireland is an island consisting of 32 counties, and the population of Ireland as a whole is estimated to be 6.2 million). The opening is similar to the Got Talent series. The twenty-five finalists in series one competed for a first prize of €50,000,[5] which was eventually won by the Mulkerrin Brothers of the Aran Islands.

A second series was announced in August 2009. Scheduled to avoid competition with UK talent show The X Factor, which featured Irish twins John & Edward,[6] it began in January 2010.


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.[7] 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".[7] Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh described herself as the "most honest" judge.[8] Judge Dáithí also reported his dissatisfaction with his fellow judges.[9] Judge Creedon reported his dissatisfaction with Judge Dáithí after the series.[10]


List of contestants

Live finals

Series two

A second series of The All Ireland Talent Show was announced on 10 August 2009.[11] 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.[12][13] Gráinne Seoige will return as presenter in her only role on the channel following the scrapping of Seoige.[14] The second season of The All Ireland Talent Show will be an extended one with more shows.[15] Judge Creedon has warned Dáithi O'Sé to stop stealing acts from Munster, alleging that he invaded County Clare in series one and that he would be "answerable to me and to my gang" if he continued to persist.[10]



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.[16]

The programme appeared in Ireland's top ten most viewed television programmes of 2009 as far as November.[17]

The second series opened with 650,000 viewers, according to RTÉ director of television Noel Curran.[18]


  1. ^ a b "‘All Ireland Talent Show’ Auditions Commence". IFTN. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Show hopes to find Ireland’s got talent". Irish Examiner. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Gráinne Seoige to present new talent show". RTÉ. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Louis Walsh says no to judging Ireland talent show while host Grainne rejects claim that contest is for eccentrics". Evening Herald. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  5. ^ "ALL IRELAND TALENT SHOW". GCN. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  6. ^ Susan Daly (2009-11-24). "Jedward may be out of The X Factor but there's hope yet for Sunday night talent-show TV". Evening Herald. Retrieved 2009-11-28. "RTÉ have cleverly scheduled their show to be over by 7.30pm so it's not in direct competition with the 8pm X Factor kick-off." 
  7. ^ a b "Lynch accuses judges of tactical voting". RTÉ. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Bláthnaid says she's the 'most honest' judge". RTÉ. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Daithí not impressed with fellow judges". RTÉ. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  10. ^ a b "Creedon warns Dáithí O'Sé over Talent Show". RTÉ. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  11. ^ "All Ireland Talent Show details announced". RTÉ. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  12. ^ "RTÉ Television unveils new season". RTÉ. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  13. ^ "Power joining All Ireland Talent Show". RTÉ. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  14. ^ "Grainne handed new role as recession takes bite out of RTÉ autumn schedule". Evening Herald. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  15. ^ "Seoige talks Talent and Late Late Shows". RTÉ. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  16. ^ "RTE comedy? You're having a laugh...". Irish Independent. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  17. ^ "Over 2 million watch France v Ireland". RTÉ. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  18. ^ Catherine O’Mahony (2009-11-29). "RTE and TV3 push to raise advertising rates". The Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 

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