Revealed: The television star who will host Ireland's Got Talent on TV3
Six O’Clock Show co-host Lucy Kennedy (41) will present Ireland’s Got Talent when it takes to the air on TV3 in the new year.
The primetime entertainment show – which is due to be announced at TV3’s autumn launch next week – is set to be the jewel in the crown for Ballymount.
It had been thought the series would go head-to-head against RTE’s Dancing With The Stars on Sunday nights but the Herald understands that the series will be broadcast on Saturdays instead.
This is not an unusual move in the TV industry: the BBC and ITV have ensured Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor do not clash with each other at the weekend.
TV bosses will be hoping that Ireland’s Got Talent and Dancing With The Stars will each pull in huge ratings.
However, both stations will now be looking for major advertisers to fill the lucrative weekend night slots.
Confirmation that Ireland’s Got Talent is coming to the small screen comes just three days after former Big Breakfast presenter Denise van Outen (43) was spotted out and about in Dublin’s city centre.
It is widely believed that she will be a judge on the programme.
Another well-known name associated with the British show is Louis Walsh (65), the man who managed Johnny Logan, Boyzone and Westlife.
It is thought the judges will travel to locations around the country to select acts, as they do in the TV3 show.
It is not known if the acts will compete before a live studio audience, although the semi-finals and finals are expected to be live.
TV insiders said it was only a matter of time before TV3 bought the Irish franchise rights for Britain’s Got Talent in a bid to seize the entertainment crown from RTE.