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Our girls look in great shape for new series of TV's Top Model

THE model makers are back -- and they've been bowled over by the Irish beauties.

The producers of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model were back in Dublin yesterday -- and say they will have no problem finding the next Elle Macpherson.

The first casting session in series eight of the programme took place in Dublin's Exchequer Hotel, with hundreds of aspiring models strutting their stuff.


And the Herald can reveal how viewers of the popular Sky Living TV series can expect to see a few Irish faces on our small screens when it airs next year.

"The casting call went really well. The turn-out was fantastic, we had the biggest numbers turning up out of any Irish audition," said a Sky Living source.

"The calibre of the girls was fantastic and a good few went through to the next round."

Applicants have to be 5ft 8in or over and aged between 18-23 to take part.

The previous series saw Ireland well represented, with Dublin beauty Hannah Devane making it into the Top Model house alongside Belfast student Joanne Northey. Jade Thompson was the eventual winner.

The previous year saw flame-haired actress Sue Loughnane also making it through to the final 13 girls and is now going down a storm with audiences of RTE's Love/Hate. The Dublin audition is the first of eight heats taking place across Ireland and UK over the coming weeks, taking in much larger cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.