TV3 got tal­ent13

Denise Van Outen, Ja­son Byrne and Michelle Vis­age get judges roles... and Lucy Kennedy will ref­eree it all

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - eoin.mur­phy@mailon­sun­

By Eoin Mur­phy and Ni­amh Walsh

TV3 have signed up a top comic, a dancer and TV pre­sen­ter, and an Amer­i­can Big Brother star to judge on the first Ire­land’s Got Tal­ent.

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, the com­mer­cial sta­tion will an­nounce their au­tumn line-up in a glitzy show at The Na­tional Con­cert Hall.

And the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day can re­veal that they plan to un­veil Ja­son Byrne (it was down to Ja­son or PJ Gal­lagher and Ja­son just pipped it), Denise Van Outen and Michelle Vis­age as the tal­ent show judges.

They had been hop­ing to add X Factor Judge Louis Walsh to the mix but some sources have claimed they could not agree a con­tract fee.

‘Louis Walsh wasn’t in­ter­ested’

It is also un­der­stood that Lucy Kennedy is in line to present the show, tak­ing up the role held by Ant and Dec in the UK.

It had been re­ported that Baz Ash­mawy and Laura Whit­more were also in the run­ning but sources in­sist that it will be the former Six O’ Clock Show host who will land the gig.

A spokes­woman for Ms Kennedy yes­ter­day told the MoS that no deal had been done. Au­di­tions are be­ing sched­uled for Novem­ber, with the se­ries be­ing broad­cast on Satur­day nights on TV3 in Jan­uary.

The show will reach an ex­cit­ing cli­max over St Pa­trick’s weekend and ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, this line-up was only fi­nalised this week.

‘There has been an ex­haust­ing search for the right bal­ance,’ said an­other source. ‘Denise and Ja­son are house­hold names but Michelle Vis­age is an in­ter­na­tional star. She has per­son­al­ity and class and a string of in­cred­i­ble one-lin­ers. She could be the real star of the show. There was also a Pussy Cat Doll as well but in the end, we feel that this is the right line-up.

‘We had tried to get Louis Walsh and up un­til this weekend we were talk­ing to him, but un­for­tu­nately he was not in­ter­ested.

‘But he will be on TV3 in a few weeks as the X Factor judge so it is still a win­ner for TV3.’

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