Tuesday 20 February 2018

Simon Cowell still backing Ireland’s Got Talent despite TV3 rejection

Louis Walsh is hotly tipped to return as a judge on this year's The X Factor
Louis Walsh is hotly tipped to return as a judge on this year's The X Factor
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Simon Cowell has reiterated that he is fully behind Ireland's Got Talent, despite TV's recent rejection.

Louis Walsh had approached TV3 with the idea for the show but TV3 boss Lynda McQuiad rejected it on the basis that it would feel "very parochial, very quickly".

However, Cowell told the Radio Times that he believes there will be an Irish version of his hit ITV talent show in the future.

"It should be, it better be... because that was the promise I made Louis," he said.

Cowell axed pal Louis from the X Factor judging panel last year after 11 years although they have remained in touch.

However, with TV3 rejecting the format, it remains to be seen whether or not the show ill find a home on an Irish station.

McQuaid, however, was unconvinced the show could work.

“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.”

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