Louis Walsh hails 'biggest ever hunt for Irish talent' as casting call goes out for Ireland's Got Talent
A casting call has gone out for the first ever series of Ireland's Got Talent - but potential contestants must be quick as they have only a few weeks to apply.
Producers of the TV3 show have opened up the application process as they trawl the country for the most talented performers, with age no barrier.
Those behind the show, which is being made by Kite Entertainment, say they are looking for "the greatest undiscovered talent there is to offer".
"The show is open to talent of all descriptions and all ages. It is quite simply the most extensive search for talent that Ireland has ever seen," reads a publicity blurb for the programme.
Applications are open until September 30, and successful performers will be called for auditions after that.
Anyone under 18 needs to get parental permission to apply, and the show is open to people "of all ages and all talents".
As well as filling out a form, performers will have to submit a short video, about two minutes in length, showing off their talent.
The winner will receive a €50,000 cash prize plus their own Christmas TV Special.
The panel of judges for the first Irish edition of the show will be made up of Louis Walsh, Denise van Outen, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage. It will be presented by Lucy Kennedy.
Launching next January, the show will represent a significant financial investment by TV3 and will run in a prime-time slot on Saturday nights.
Walsh is currently working on the 13th series of the X Factor, but said he is looking forward to turning his attention to the Irish programme once that ends in December.
"I'm delighted to be part of the very first Ireland's Got Talent and we've got some amazing judges," he said.
"This will be the biggest ever search for talent that Ireland has ever seen.
"See you at the auditions, where we are going to prove to everybody that Ireland's got talent."