Sunday 25 September 2016

'He's not happy about it' - TV3 rejects Louis Walsh's Irish version of Britain's Got Talent

Published 08/02/2016 | 08:30

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh

TV3 has pushed the buzzer and rejected an Irish version of Britain’s Got Talent.

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Former X Factor judge Louis Walsh was hoping to create the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ TV show now that he has moved on from the ITV talent contest.

But while TV3 boss Lynda McQuaid said that it wasn’t the right show for them, she still hopes to work with Walsh in the future.

The pair have had a meeting to discuss possible projects in 2016 as the Mayo music mogul eyes up his next gig.

“I would love to do something with Louis,” said McQuaid.

“We had something that we were going to do pre-Christmas which was in and around the X Factor and then that didn’t happen.

“We’ve had a long debate, myself and Louis. But I don’t think Ireland’s Got Talent is very TV3, I don’t think it would work.

“I don’t think we have a culture of working men’s clubs which is where it came out of. They now search the world for their acts, shows like Britain’s Got Talent.

“So my feeling is that an Ireland’s Got Talent would start to feel very parochial, very quickly. So that’s been ruled out. He’s not happy about that because that’s the one he really wants to do and he disagrees with me, he thinks that the talent is out there.”

She added how it was all about finding “the right vehicle for his talents” and said she was looking forward to seeing him on Drive.

Currently filming ITV’s new motoring show, Walsh will be seen on the small screen in a few months time competing with stars like Professor Green and Johnny Vegas.

Hosted by Vernon Kay, it seems celebrities taking part in a series of different driving challenges as they battle it out to stay in the programme.

Other participants include singer Ella Eyre, Olympic athlete Colin Jackson, TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, weather expert Laura Tobin and broadcaster Angue Deayton.

Herald

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