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Wednesday 22 November 2017

RTE never supported us like The Voice - axed judge Brunker

AMANDA Brunker has hit out at RTE for showing less support to The All Ireland Talent Show than for upcoming reality programme The Voice.

The former Miss Ireland, who was on the panel for the axed TV competition last year, claimed that it was far less publicised, which led her to expect that it would not be renewed in 2012.

"In my gut I knew The All Ireland Talent Show was on its last run last year. We got shag all promo, not even an RTE Guide cover...," she told fans on her Twitter page.

"This Year's Voice of Ireland has blanket coverage. Billboards, radio ads and even the sides of buses are plastered."

While some may view her comments as a bitter reproach, she added: "I wish them well."

Last year, Amanda (37) joined Daithi O Se, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Dana and John Creedon as a judge on the RTE programme.

At the time, X Factor panellist Louis Walsh (59) remarked that failed presidential candidate Dana was the only one with any real experience in the music business.

"I don't even know who the rest of them are. I've no idea of their names, honestly. I don't understand how most of them managed to get jobs on the show," the Mayo man said.

Despite his criticism, The All Ireland Talent Show pulled in some 800,000 viewers weekly on average last year, but TV bosses are understood to have pulled the plug after research showed the programme was out of date.

In The Voice, which will debut tomorrow night, singers Sharon Corr, Niall Breslin, Kian Egan and Brian Kennedy will be putting singers through their paces. The hopefuls perform their first audition being heard but not seen by the judges, so that they are selected on their singing talent alone.

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