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Friday 20 October 2017

No kidding, we've bagged a festive special

THE super cute stars of reality entertainment show Who Are You Kidding? have inked a new deal to do a Christmas special.

The RTE Two series, the grand finale of which will be aired at 5pm today, has become a huge hit with youngsters across the country.

Each episode sees judges Saibh Downes Banda, Robert Donnelly, Bradley Burke and Jordan Brown nominate four teenagers to compete for them in three challenges: song, dance and comedy.



Crying

And the young judges, who have been dubbed mini-me versions of the X Factor panellists, are thrilled to have been asked back to film a festive special in December.

Talented violinist Saibh, who is the only musician on the panel, said:"I'm really excited that we get to do the Christmas special.

"Everyone was really sad when the series, which was pre-recorded last June, came to an end. I was crying when it was over so I'm so excited that we're doing two more shows. It will be great fun."

The 10-year-old Maynooth schoolgirl is no stranger to the world of TV as her uncle is RTE News' Washington correspondent Richard Downes.

"He is really excited that I'm on the show. All my family are really proud of me," said Saibh.

The 5th class student revealed she would love to continue working in RTE in the future.

"I'd love to work there or else be an actress," she said.

But Saibh admitted she has found it very strange watching herself on the reality show.

"Because it was filmed in June, we had all forgotten a lot of stuff so it's really funny watching it all back.

"Doing the show is so much fun and I met so many new people and made a lot of friends on it. We're all compared to one of the X Factor judges, which I think is a huge compliment.

"I always get compared to Dannii and she's my favourite judge. I just think she is very honest, she is always smiling and lets people take their time.

"It was hard voting people off the show but my favourite thing about being a judge is that my opinion counts. It can be off-putting when the crowd disagree with your decision and they boo, but you can't let that distract you.

"All of the judges get on really well and we've been meeting up loads since it ended."

A spokesperson for RTE confirmed that the show will be back by popular demand later this year.



Feedback

"We are really delighted about the success of the series and have received great feedback from kids and adults alike.

"The series has been so successful that RTE is commissioning two new episodes which will be aired at Christmas time. The programmes will be recorded at the start of December so everyone should keep checking the website for details on how to apply at www.rte.ie/trte."

aanderson@herald.ie

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