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Frantic search for All Ireland judge as Shane pulls out

RTE is scrambling to find a replacement for Boyzone's Shane Lynch ahead of the new series of The All Ireland Talent Show.

Filming for the show begins in less than two weeks, but it was only confirmed yesterday that the UK-based star won't be returning because of clashes with the band's tour dates.

"I have loved working on the All Ireland Talent Show and we were desperately trying to find a way to make it work. But due to my Boyzone commitments it's not going to happen. I am gutted that I won't be championing the Dubs this year," the popstar said.

The broadcaster is now busy tracking down a suitable replacement for the hunky star, who told pals he also wants to spend more time with his family, wife Sheena White and daughter Billie Rae.

Given that the Dublin series of auditions start at Griffith College on August 21, time is running out as they endeavour to fill Shane's shoes.

An RTE spokeswoman explained how they have yet to confirm his replacement, but added how plans for the hit show are well underway.

"They are working on it at the moment and it's currently in pre-production so it's all an ongoing process. He will definitely be replaced," she said.

Among the names being mooted are Aidan Power and former Newstalk presenter Eamon Keane, who's also a respected musician in his own right.

However, the remaining line-up of judges remains the same, with John Creedon, Blathnaid ni Chofaigh, Dana and Daithi O Se, alongside host Grainne Seoige.