Friday 6 December 2019

Virgin Media pulls plug on Ireland's Got Talent

BDS celebrate winning this year’s season of the talent show
BDS celebrate winning this year’s season of the talent show

Virgin Media TV has confirmed that it won't be making a third series of Ireland's Got Talent.

There has been much speculation in recent months that the flagship weekend talent show may not be returning to our small screens.

And Virgin Media has confirmed that the show, presented by Lucy Kennedy, is being rested for the immediate future.

A spokesperson told Independent.ie that the decision had been made due to a combination of "logistical and scheduling reasons".

"Virgin Media Television are tremendously proud of the show and how it has raised the bar for production in Ireland," she said.

"We look forward to unveiling our new season schedule as we continue to increase our commitment to great content and original Irish programming. Further details will be announced in due course."

The second series of the show was won by dance troupe BSD last April.


Judged by Louis Walsh, Michelle Visage, Denise van Outen and Jason Byrne, the show launched amid much fanfare in 2018 and initially pulled in huge viewing figures for the station.

However, figures have dipped in recent times as its appeal has waned, while it has gone up against some stiff competition.

The first episode in 2018 attracted 470,000 viewers, some 35pc of the available audience. This year, the first episode of the programme attracted 330,000, which represented a 22pc share.

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