The All Ireland Talent Show (series 3)

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The All Ireland Talent Show
Series 3
Broadcast from 2010 – 2011
Judges John Creedon
Amanda Brunker
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh
Dáithí Ó Sé
Dana
Presenter(s) Gráinne Seoige (RTÉ One)
Co-presenter(s) Aidan Power (RTÉ Two)
Dustin (RTÉ Two)
Broadcaster RTÉ One
RTÉ Two (Backstage)
Winner:
Daniel Furlong
Origin The East
Runner-up
Don Stiffe
Chronology
2010-2011  

A third season and final was announced in August 2010. The first show was broadcast on 21 August 2010.[1] The third series aired on RTÉ One, it was hosted by Gráinne Seoige.[2] This series was produced by Tyrone Productions.

Once again prize money of €50,000 was awarded to the eventual winner of the show; who was Daniel Furlong, with Bláthnaid the winning judge.

This was the final series. The All Ireland Talent Show was replaced by The Voice of Ireland, a part of The Voice TV series.

Personnel[edit]

Presenters[edit]

Gráinne Seoige returned as presenter in her only role on the channel. Aidan Power & Dustin returned to present The All Ireland Talent Show Backstage on RTÉ Two

Judges[edit]

For this series of The All Ireland Talent Show Shane Lynch announced his departure from the show and Amanda Brunker took his place. The judges for this series are: Amanda Brunker (Dublin), 1970 Eurovision Song Contest winner and conservative politician Dana (North), broadcaster John Creedon (South), television presenter and Irish language enthusiast Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (East) and television personality and weather forecaster Dáithí Ó Sé (West). Backstage presenter Aidan Power filled in for Bláthnaid during the heat six results show as she was ill.

Auditions[edit]

Audition City Date Venue Head Judge Advisors
Dublin 21 August Griffith Conference Centre Amanda Brunker Shane Lynch & Larry Gogan
Cork 28 August The Clarion Hotel John Creedon Emma O'Driscoll & Joe O'Shea
Galway 4 September The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Dáithí Ó Sé Síle Seoige & Pádraic Breathnach
Derry 11 September The Everglades Hotel Dana Joe Lindsay & Majella O'Donnell
Kilkenny 18 September The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh Cormac Battle & Brenda Donahue

West Auditions[edit]

Head judge:
Dáithí Ó Sé
Assistant judges:
Síle Seoige & Pádraic Breathnach
Final eight:
Aoife and Paul Moroney
Karate Pencil Case
Jacks Angels
Sean Nós ar an tSionnan
Cosa Beoga
Richard Cunningham
Politically Correct
Don Stiffe

East Auditions[edit]

Head judge:
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh
Assistant judges:
Cormac Battle & Brenda Donahue
Final eight:
Jackson 3
Lil' Dukebox
Daniel Furlong
The Myth
Claire Mulholland
Arlene Caffrey
Feverfelt
Bernadette Spain

Dublin Auditions[edit]

Head judge:
Amanda Brunker
Assistant judges:
Shane Lynch and Larry Gogan
Final eight:
Kyle Kennedy
Anthony White
Wallis Hamilton
Dan Dennehy
Owen Gerrard
Shauna Buckingham
Must Try D 'N' D
Síle Keogh

South Auditions[edit]

Head judge:
John Creedon
Assistant judges:
Emma O'Driscoll & Joe O'Shea
Final eight:
Seamus & Tomas
Halo
Johnny Mack
Mad 4 Road
Darragh Merrit
Fitzy Chicks
2 Day Nation
Shane Doonan

North Auditions[edit]

Head judge:
Dana
Assistant judges:
Joe Lindsay & Majella O'Donnell
Final eight:
The Virginia Gospel Choir
Áine Hassan
Fox 'N' Crew
Louise Florence
Brian Sheerin
The Ward Sisters
Maggie Ferris
Jim Devine

Live Heats[edit]

Each heat five contestants would take the stage. One representing each judge and region of Ireland. The judges would score an act after their performance and then the act with the highest score would gain 5 points and the second highest scoring act would gain 4 points etc. The same would be done with the public vote. The scores would then be added and the act with the most combined score would gain first place and advance to the semi-finals.(In the event of a tie the act with the most viewer votes would take higher ranking.) From the 2nd and 3rd placed acts the judges would choose an act to send through to the wildcard show.

Contestants[edit]

Key      Winner      Runner-up      Third Place      Finalist      Semi-finalist      Wildcard      Quarter-finalist (lost judges vote)
Name of act Mentor Region Heat Semi Position reached
2 Day Nation John Creedon South 8 2 Semi-finalist
Áine Hassan Dana North 5 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Anthony White Amanda Brunker Dublin 2 N/A Quarter-finalist
Aoife and Paul Moroney Dáithí Ó Sé West 6 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Arlene Caffrey Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 1 N/A Quarter-finalist
Bernadette Spain Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 2 N/A Quarter-finalist
Brian Sheerin Dana North 4 1 Finalist
Claire Mulholland Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 8 N/A Wildcard Show
Cosa Beoga Dáithí Ó Sé West 5 1 Finalist
Daniel Dennehy Amanda Brunker Dublin 8 N/A Quarter-finalist
Daniel Furlong Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 7 2 Winner
Darragh Merrit John Creedon South 4 N/A Wildcard Show
Don Stiffe Dáithí Ó Sé West 3 N/A Runner-up
Feverfelt Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 6 N/A Quarter-finalist
Fitzy Chicks John Creedon South 2 1 Semi-finalist
Fox'N'Crew Dana North 6 N/A Quarter-finalist
Halo John Creedon South 7 N/A Quarter-finalist
Jack's Angels Dáithí Ó Sé West 4 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Jackson 3 Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 4 N/A Quarter-finalist
Jim Devine Dana North 7 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Johnny Mack John Creedon South 1 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Karate Pencil Case Dáithí Ó Sé West 2 N/A Wildcard Show
Kyle Kennedy Amanda Brunker Dublin 5 N/A Quarter-finalist
Lil' Dukebox Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 5 N/A Quarter-finalist
Louise Florence Dana North 2 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Mad 4 Road John Creedon South 6 2 Third Place
Maggie Ferris Dana North 8 N/A Quarter-finalist
Must Try D'n'D Amanda Brunker Dublin 7 N/A Quarter-finalist
The Myth Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh East 3 N/A Quarter-finalist
Owen Gerrard Amanda Brunker Dublin 1 N/A Quarter-finalist
Politically Correct Dáithí Ó Sé West 7 2 Semi-finalist
Richard Cunningham Dáithí Ó Sé West 8 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Seamus & Tomas John Creedon South 3 N/A Quarter-finalist. Eliminated in judges vote
Sean Nós ar an tSionann Dáithí Ó Sé West 1 2 Finalist
Shane Doonan John Creedon South 5 N/A Wildcard Show
Shauna Buckingham Amanda Brunker Dublin 6 1 Semi-finalist
Síle Keogh Amanda Brunker Dublin 4 N/A Quarter-finalist
Virginia Gospel Choir Dana North 1 N/A Wildcard Show
Wallis Amanda Brunker Dublin 3 N/A Wildcard Show
The Ward Sisters Dana North 3 N/A Quarter-finalist

Live Heats summary[edit]

Key   The act came in first place.
Advanced to the semi-finals.
  Finished in either second or third place.
Won the judges' vote & advanced to wildcard show.
  Finished in either second or third place.
Lost the judges' vote & was eliminated.
Ulster - Representing the North
Mentored by Dana
Munster - Representing the South
Mentored by John Creedon
Connacht - Representing the West
Mentored by Dáithí O'Sé
Dublin colours.PNG - Representing Dublin
Mentored by Amanda Brunker
Leinster - Representing the East
Mentored by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

Heat 1 (31 December)[edit]

Contestants Order Judges' scores Result
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
Virginia Gospel Choir 1 Ulster 9 7 - 8 7 31 Joint 1st 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote
Johnny Mack 2 Munster 8 - 7 9 7 31 Joint 1st 2nd/3rd:Lost judges wildcard vote
Sean Nós ar an tSionann 3 Connacht 6 6 7 - 9 28 3rd 1st:Through to semi-final
Owen Gerrard 4 Dublin colours.PNG - 5 9 6 6 26 5th 4th:Eliminated
Arlene Caffrey 5 Leinster 5 8 6 8 - 27 4th 5th:Eliminated
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • Amanda Brunker: The Virginia Gospel Choir
  • Dáithí Ó Sé: Johnny Mack
  • Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh: Virginia Gospel Choir

The Virginia Gospel Choir were sent to the wildcard show with 2-1 majority.

Heat 2 (9 January)[edit]

Contestants Order Judges' scores Result
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
Bernadette Spain 1 Connacht 8 8 8 9 - 33 Joint 1st 4th:Eliminated
Anthony White 2 Dublin colours.PNG - 8 7 8 8 31 Joint 3rd 5th:Eliminated
Karate Pencil Case 3 Connacht 9 7 7 - 8 31 Joint 3rd 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote
Louise Florence 4 Ulster 7 8 - 9 7 31 Joint 3rd 2nd/3rd:Lost judges wildcard vote
Fitzy Chicks 5 Munster 8 - 8 10 7 33 Joint 1st 1st:Through to semi-final
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • Amanda Brunker: Karate Pencil Case
  • John Creedon: Louise Florence
  • Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh: Karate Pencil Case

Karate Pencil Case were sent to the wildcard show with 2-1 majority.

Heat 3 (16 January)[edit]

Guest Performer: Tommy Fleming

Contestants Order Judges' scores Result
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
Don Stiffe 1 Connacht 8 9 9 - 7 33 Joint 2nd 1st:Through to semi-final
Séamus & Tomás 2 Munster 7 - 7 7 8 29 4th 2nd/3rd:Lost judges wildcard vote
The Ward Sisters 3 Ulster 7 7 - 7 6 27 5th 5th:Eliminated
Wallis Hamilton 4 Dublin colours.PNG - 8 8 8 9 33 Joint 2nd 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote
The Myth 5 Leinster 9 8 9 8 - 34 1st 4th:eliminated
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh: Wallis Hamilton
  • Dáithí Ó Sé: Wallis Hamilton
  • Dana: was not required to vote as there was already a majority

Wallis Hamilton was sent to the wildcard show with 2-0 majority.

Heat 4 (23 January)[edit]

Guest Performer: The High Kings

Contestants Order Judges' scores Result
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
Brian Sheerin 1 Ulster 10 7 - 9 8 34 2nd 1st:Through to semi-final
Jack's Angels 2 Connacht 7 6 7 - 7 27 5th 2nd/3rd: Lost judges wildcard vote
Jackson 3 3 Leinster 8 7 7 7 - 29 4th 5th:Eliminated
Síle Keogh 4 Dublin colours.PNG - 7 8 8 7 30 3rd 4th:Eliminated
Darragh Merritt 5 Munster 9 - 10 9 9 37 1st 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • Amanda Brunker: Darragh Merritt
  • Dana: Darragh Merritt
  • Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh: was not required to vote as there was already a majority

Darragh Merritt was sent to the wildcard show with 2-0 majority

Heat 5 (30 January)[edit]

Guest Performer: Imelda May

Contestants Order Judges' scores Result
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
Kyle Kennedy 1 Dublin colours.PNG - 9 9 9 9 36 1st 4th:Eliminated
Áine Hassin 2 Ulster 9 8 - 8 10 35 Joint 2nd 2nd/3rd: Lost judges vote
Cosa Beoga 3 Connacht 7 9 10 - 8 34 4th 1st:Through to semi-final
Shane Doonan 4 Munster 8 - 7 10 10 35 Joint 2nd 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote
Lil' Dukebox 5 Leinster 7 7 7 6 - 27 5th 5th:Eliminated
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • Amanda Brunker: Aine Hassin
  • Dáithí Ó Sé: Shane Doonan
  • Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh: Shane Doonan - initially refused to vote and wanted to revert to the public vote, as she had given both acts the same score. However she was told this was not an option and voted.

Shane Doonan was sent to the wildcard show with 2-1 majority.

Heat 6 (6 February)[edit]

Guest Performer: Shane Ward
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh was present for the first show but was not present for the results show as she was ill. Backstage presenter Aidan Power filled in for her.

Order Contestants Result Judges' scores
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
1 Mad 4 Road 1st:Through to semi-final 9 - 8 10 8 35 Joint 1st
2 Shauna Buckingham 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote - 8 9 9 9 35 Joint 1st
3 Fever Felt 5th:Eliminated 9 8 7 8 - 32 3rd
4 Fox 'N' Crew 4th:Eliminated 8 7 - 8 7 30 4th
5 Aoife and Paul Moroney 2nd/3rd: Lost judges wildcard vote 7 8 7 - 7 29 5th
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • John Creedon:Shauna Buckingham
  • Dana: Shauna Buckingham
  • Aidan Power: was not required to vote as there was already a majority

Shauna Buckingham was sent to the wildcard show with 2-0 majority

Heat 7 (13 February)[edit]

Guest Performer: Majella O'Donnell featuring Daniel O'Donnell

Order Contestants Result Judges' scores
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
1 Daniel Furlong 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote 9 9 8 9 - 35 1st
2 Halo 5th:Eliminated 8 - 7 8 7 30 5th
3 Politically Correct 1st:Through to semi-final 8 9 9 - 8 34 2nd
4 Must Try D'n'D 4th:Eliminated - 8 9 8 8 33 3rd
5 Jim Devine 2nd/3rd: Lost judges wildcard vote 8 8 - 9 7 32 4th
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • Amanda Brunker: Daniel Furlong
  • John Creedon: Daniel Furlong
  • Dáithí O'Sé : was not required to vote as there was already a majority

Daniel Furlong was sent to the wildcard show with 2-0 majority

Heat 8 (20 February)[edit]

Guest Performer:Frankie Gavin with De Dannan

Order Contestants Result Judges' scores
Amanda John Dana Dáithí Bláthnaid Total Ranking
1 Maggie Ferris 4th:Eliminated 8 7 - 8 6 29 4th
2 2 Day Nation 1st:Through to semi-final 10 - 9 10 10 39 1st
3 Richard Cunningham 2nd/3rd: Lost judges wildcard vote 6 7 6 - 7 26 5th
4 Daniel Dennehy 5th:Eliminated - 9 8 9 8 34 3rd
5 Claire Mulholland 2nd/3rd:Won judges wildcard vote 9 9 8 9 - 35 2nd
Judges' votes to send through to the wildcard show
  • Dana: Claire Mulholland
  • Amanda Brunker: Claire Mulholland
  • John Creedon:was not required to vote as there was already a majority

Claire Mulholland was sent to the wildcard show with 2-0 majority

2 Day Nation received the highest judges vote in the three-year history of the show.

Wildcard Heat (27 February)[edit]

Guest Performer: Miracle Bell

Order Contestant Act Mentor (Region) Place Result
1 Daniel Furlong Opera Singer Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (East) Top 2 Through to semi-final
2 Daragh Merritt Hula-Hoop Act John Creedon (South) 8th Eliminated
3 Wallis Musical Singer Amanda Brunker (Dublin) 7th Eliminated
4 Virginia Gospel Choir Gospel Choir Dana (North) 3rd Eliminated
5 Karate Pencil Case Rock Duo Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 4th Eliminated
6 Claire Mulholland Singer Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (East) 5th Eliminated
7 Shane Doonan Guitar Player & Singer John Creedon (South) 6th Eliminated
8 Shauna Buckingham Opera Singer Amanda Brunker (Dublin) Top 2 Through to semi-final

Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-final 1 (6 March)[edit]

Guest Performer: Sharon Shannon

Order Contestant Act Mentor (Region) Place Result
1 Cosa Beoga Sean-Ós Dancers Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 2nd Through to final
2 Fitzy Chicks Singing Duo John Creedon (South) 5th Eliminated
3 Don Stiffe Classical Singer Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 1st Through to final
4 Shauna Buckingham Opera Singer Amanda Brunker (Dublin) 4th Eliminated
5 Brian Sheerin Singer Dana (North) 3rd Through to final

Semi-final 2 (13 March)[edit]

Guest Performer: The Wanted

Order Contestant Act Mentor (Region) Place Result
1 Mad 4 Road Band John Creedon (South) 1st Through to final
2 Politically Correct Opera Singing Duo Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 4th Eliminated
3 2 Day Nation Band John Creedon (South) 5th Eliminated
4 Daniel Furlong Opera Singer Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (East) 2nd Through to final
5 Sean Nós ar an tSionann Sean-Ós Dancers Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 3rd Through to final

Final (20 March)[edit]

Guest Performer: Olly Murs

Final Six

For the first time in the history of The All Ireland Talent Show the final had two stages. During the first show all six finalists performed and lines opened after the last act performed.

Order Contestant Act Mentor (Region) Place Result
1 Don Stiffe Classical Singer Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 2nd Safe
2 Mad 4 Road Band John Creedon (South) 3rd Safe
3 Cosa Beoga Sean-Ós Dancers Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 4th Eliminated
4 Brian Sheerin Singer Dana (North) 5th Eliminated
5 Sean Nós ar an tSionann Sean-Ós Dancers Dáithí Ó Sé (West) 6th Eliminated
6 Daniel Furlong Opera Singer Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (East) 1st Safe
Final Showdown

At the start of the results show the lines were frozen and the three least popular acts were eliminated. The lines then re-opened with all votes cast earlier still counting. The three remaining acts performed again performing a shorter version of the songs they sung in the live heats.

Order Contestant Act Mentor (Region) Place
1 Daniel Furlong Opera Singer Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (East) Winner
2 Mad 4 Road Band John Creedon (South) Third Place
3 Don Stiffe Classical Singer Dáithí Ó Sé (West) Runner-up

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