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The Big G was in for a chat yesterday, when we talked about her new job, her icy reputation, the All-Ireland Talent Show, then got hijacked by the other Seoige – you can hear the whole shebang here. CLICKY!

She wants me to tell you about the auditions for the talent show over the coming weeks:

The Dublin Auditions:

Saturday 21st August for Dublin City and County at Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith Campus, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

The South Auditions:

Saturday 28th August in The Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.

The West Auditions:

Saturday 4th Sept in The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia Road, Galway. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Galway, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo.

The North Auditions:

Saturday 11th Sept in The Everglades Hotel, Prehen Road, Londonderry, BT47 2NH. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Tyrone.

The East Auditions:

Saturday 18th Sept in The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow.

Terms and conditions here. CLICKY!



Me that is.



  1. pauljeremiah said...
    I dunno why we still have this "talent" show. The whole process is pretty cringe worthy and doesn't make for good TV.

    I would prefer if RTE or TV3 would try to create original IP's and stop copying British tv or American TV. It really speaks volumes of how uncreative we are a a society.

    It is my desire if not my duty to try to talk to you journeymen with some candor about what is happening in radio and television, and if what I say is responsible, I alone am responsible for the saying of it.

    Our history will be what we make of it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred year from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes of one week of all four networks, they will there find, recorded in color, evidence of decadence, escapism, and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.

    We are are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable, and complacent. We have a built in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information; our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses, and recognize that television, in the main, is being use to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture, too late.
    Ray said...
    Yeah, I would probably be inclined to agree with you - except that mass media, especially TV also includes news, documentary and current affairs programming.

    In Ireland especially, we consume more "worthy" programming than anywhere else in the world and our broadcasters are held to a much higher standard than say, America.

    But the mass-market stuff has a place too, and it's good business to provide what people want to consume.

    I read the Times and watch RTÉ news every day, but I also read comics and watch X-Factor. That's why I'm on the same station was Matt Cooper. Different strokes for the same folks; light and shade.

    It's not a case that the talent show is the only thing on Irish TV this year, thereby the only thing you can watch.

    You CAN have both. And someone has to make (and watch) both.

    pauljeremiah said...
    I do agree with you Ray, I think people should be allowed to choose what they want to watch.

    And like you I read a mainstream paper/magazines. I also read comics (check out Preacher - fuckin' awsome) and I play video games to a degree that I dropped 6k on a PC a few months ago just to play games on it.

    But my gripe is that we are too dependant on importing our TV media and what we do create within our own country is a "Irish Knockoff" and yet none of them last much longer then a season, look at the weakest link with Eamon Dunphy, Who Wants to be a millionaire (Gay Byrne was the winner of the million euros there).

    I wish that TV3 or RTE would create some different, original and something that when people think about Irish TV they will think about that IP.

    The Late Late is one of the few Irish shows that is truly original on the world stage, no other tv show deals with serious and light hearted issues in a single episode, in the US or UK it's either one or the other.

    I do understand that the talent show isn't the only thing on this year, hell my mom loves to watch it, but all it is an Irish bastard son of The X Factor and Britians Got Talent.

    We have some amazing writers in this country who could create an original drama or documnetry or light entertainment show, yet RTE and TV3 would prefer to play the safer hand of rebranding.
    Ray said...
    The safer hand of rebranding still provides work for Irish writers, directors, producers and talent. It's not like the jobs are all going abroad.

    And yes, Preacher.
    pauljeremiah said...
    Original ideas also provide work as well for Irish writers, directors, producers and talent.

    Whenever I make a film I always try to hire local talant as much as possible. Even if it's a couple teenagers who want to just gain experience on their summer holidays.
    Annie said...
    I agree with Ray in that there is a market for this type of shite..I mean..escapist programming. Hell, I've been known to shout at the telly durin X-factor.

    That said I also share Paul's opinion that RTE and TV3 could provide more original material. TG4 has come up with some class original programmes.

    Ireland ranks among the most awarded countries for the Nobel Prize in literature, for such a small country this is unprecendented. Our television programmes certainly don't reflect this, the number of reality tv shows, soaps etc far outweigh documentaries and programmes that would involve the use of more than 3 brain cells and that would give work to some of the talented writers that must be crying out for a job. I sound like a snobby bitch now, but all I'm saying is that the market seems oversaturated with reality tv at the moment.

    It's always the same with this country anyway, many of our artists, musicians and writers are struggling to make a living because a large majority of the people in this country don't recognise true talent and have completely lost touch with their own roots and culture, instead focusing on American and English entertainment.

    Everyone to their own I suppose...who am I to dictate what people should and shouldn't watch?
    pauljeremiah said...
    I agree Annie, I think TG4 have create somethings are pretty original, and I love that "they think out side the box."

    I know there's a market for stuff like The X Factor or reality TV (which I regard as the lowest form of TV) but when you turn on TV3 you are pretty bombarded with adverts for it and then the press media are more worried about Cheryl Tweedy and he bout with malaria then actual problems such as the flooding in China and Pakistan.

    It is a bit of over consumption and sadly people just allow the media to let them do it, and if someone complains, HEAVEN FORBID, like what happened to Claire Bryne when she complained about Susan Boyle, she was forced to apologize.
    Bryan said...
    When i saw 7 comments I thought they were all about how hot grainne is. Then when I read the comments I had to check if I was still on the ray foley blog. Sorry for bringing this intellectual conversation down. Ray, Love the show.
    aidan said...
    some silly person has misspelled the city where the northern additions will be. Its spelt Derry.
    Annie said...
    It goes without sayin that gráinne is sizzling and of course we love the seoiges ...I mean the show.
    Fiza_fairy said...
    arab talent

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