Saturday 18 August 2018

'Calling all crazies' - judge Louis wants you for Ireland's Got Talent

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Louis Walsh is looking for "crazy, crazy, crazy" acts for TV3's new entertain- ment show, Ireland's Got Talent.

The music mogul is hoping the programme will find Ireland's next big star and he is urging anyone with a talent to throw their hat into the ring.

"I want crazy, crazy, crazy. I want dancing dogs, dancing pigs, comedians, country singers, Irish dancing, everything," he told the Herald.

"It's open to everyone, everywhere. If you can walk or talk or do anything funny, come along.

Michelle Visage
Michelle Visage

"I want crazy. I don't want normality. Animal acts are great too - you have to love the doggy acts.

"I really think this can be the biggest Irish show ever."

One name that's already impressing viewers is judge Michelle Visage from The RuPaul Show.

"I got Michelle on because I met her in the Olympia," said Walsh.

"She's an amazing booking for the show. She's so different.

"I think Denise Van Outen will also be brilliant, as well as the comedian Jason Byrne and Lucy Kennedy."

Walsh is currently busy working on the 13th series of The X Factor, which featured Wicklow brothers Sean and Conor Price on Saturday.

"They're amazing," he said. "They're in Simon's six, so let's hope he picks them.

"I have somebody in my category that will be in the final."

Walsh flew into Ireland fresh from Turkey, where he was filming the judges' home section of the show.

This year, the Mayo man is mentoring the boys category.

"I'm loving The X Factor, it's back and I think people are talking about it again. It's all about the talent and there's great chemistry between all the judges.

"I've just been to Istanbul, so I'm good. I'm ready to go and I want to win."

He said he is also busy managing Westlife protege Shane Filan, who is curr- ently "huge in Asia", hav- ing just released his new album.

Walsh yesterday flew to Tullamore, Co Offaly, with the National Dairy Council for the National Ploughing Championships and was enjoying the atmosphere.

"This is my first time down here. It's brilliant fun, it's so much better and different than I thought it was going to be. This is real Ireland," he said.


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