Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh are used to a little friendly conflict, but at least on the X-Factor, they are sitting at the same table.
That won’t be the case when it comes to a clash coming up between Ireland’s Got Talent, where Louis is the main judge and Britain’s Got Talent, run by Simon and coming from next week to a venue near you across the island of Ireland.
Starting in Derry tomorrow, the audition roadshow for the ITV blockbuster, shown in the Republic of Ireland on TV3, moves to Dublin and Omagh on Novemnber 12, Newry on the 14th, Galway on the 16th, Belfast on the 17thLimerick on the 18th, Cork on the 19th, Kilkenny on the 22nd and Waterford on November 25th.
Ireland’s Got Talent works from an application process followed by invited auditions as opposed to the open nature of the British version. Applications for the TV3 show, hosted by Lucy Kennedy and featuring Denise Van Outen, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage as judges, have closed and it may yet be that those who applied for it will give it another go to swap Louis for Simon.
What would happen if the same act got through the process on both and then had to make a choice? Will the candidates have to sign an exclusivity contract prior to going any further in the process?
If nothing else it adds spice to both shows in the Irish marketplace and that can only be good for TV3 who will show them both.
Ireland’s Got Talent, produced by Kite Entertainment, is expected to air early in the New Year in a likely head to head with series two of Dancing With the Stars from Shinawil