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06-09-02 news
Louis Walsh, You're a Star!!

Get ready for Louis Walsh and RTE's latest talent search next week with the launch of You're A Star auditions all over Ireland.

These begin on September 9th in Dublin, Southside, at The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire and will travel to a further eight locations nationwide before culminating back in Dublin, Northside, for a second audition run in early October.

The show will go to air on Sunday 27th October on RTE1 at 6.30pm.

The TV show introduces a new TV format, which incorporates voting from the public from the very outset. Programmes 1- 10 will set the show up, and will incorporate the auditions held nationwide in the coming month.

Following each show, the public will be asked to vote for their favorite act to go forward to the next stage in the competition.

Programmes 11 - 19 get down to the knock out stage where the public will be asked to vote from the finalists down to the You're a Star winner.

Louis Walsh, Ireland's own Pop Supremo will join the panel for phase two of the show.

Programme 20 will decide the winning song to be sung by the winning act in Eurovision 2003.

The production company behind the show is ShinAwiL productions, the same company who brought TV viewers Popstars, the highest rated TV show ever in Irish broadcasting.

The producer/director of the series will be Lynda McQuaid, who was the series producer/director on Popstars. Commenting on today's announcement, Larry Bass, ShinAwiL productions said:

"You're a Star is going to be the biggest TV show ever to hit Irish TV screens! We believe that the format we have devised, combined with the considerable experience and talent of the judging panel, the show presenter and our production crew, together with the support of our sponsor O2, ensure the guaranteed success of You're a Star in the coming months. We anticipate over 10,000 people will audition in the coming weeks for the show, so we need the very best team behind us to ensure everyone auditioning has a chance to be a star along the way!"

Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor of Music and Young Peoples Programming for RTE continued: "RTE has always and continues to be committed to the development of musical talent in this country. Following on the success of last year's Popstars, devised jointly with ShinAwiL, the new format You're a Star is set to be the biggest talent trawl ever held throughout the 32 counties. The winner will also have a unique launch pad for what we believe will be a glittering career. The last talent contest run by RTE called Let me Entertain You had amongst its finalists a young woman who as a result of the show was signed up by Louis Walsh - her name was Samantha Mumba. We hope with You're A Star to uncover similar exciting young Irish talent, and we are depending on our viewers to help us in this search. The viewers will be the final judges!"

Details for the auditions are as follows:

All auditions will run from 9am - 5pm in each venue. There is no pre-registration necessary for audition. Persons must be over 16 to enter the competition Identification to confirm proof of age will be required.

Dates and venues for auditions are as follows:

  • September 9th: The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
  • September 12th The Waterfront Hall, Belfast
  • September 16th Fairways Hotel, Dundalk
  • September 19th The Metropole Hotel, Cork
  • September 24th Hotel Europe, Killarney
  • September 28th Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny
  • October 1st The Galway Bay Hotel, Galway
  • October 6th The City Hotel, Derry

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