From Dogs to Parrots, TV3’s Ireland’s Got Talent continues with the first animal acts of the series this weekend

It’s the halfway mark and it’s time to let the dogs out on this week’s Ireland’s Got Talent as the first animal acts grace the country’s biggest and most diverse stage.

It’s time for more un-stoppable talent as Ireland’s Got Talent continues on TV3 this Saturday, 24th February at 7.30pm.

The auditions are already half way through and Louis, Denise Van Outen and Michelle Visage have already chosen their Golden Buzzer acts. With Jason Byrne and presenter Lucy Kennedy yet to choose, will Saturday night be their moment to pick a semi-finalist?

The third Golden Buzzer of the series came in last week’s show and was won by Xquisite, a dance troupe from Dublin. With a background in dance, Denise Van Outen, is notoriously difficult to please but she was so impressed with these super cute ballroom dancers that she hit the golden buzzer sending them straight through to the semi-finals. They join the nation’s favourite great grandmother, Evelyn Williams (81) and mum of two and singing sensation, Linda McLoughlin (38).

This Saturday night will see more hopefuls take to the stage as Ireland’s biggest and most diverse talent search continues on TV3 at 7.30pm.

In episode four:

Aaron J (24) is a rapper and songwriter from Galway. Aaron didn’t have the best start in life, his mum was drug-dependent and he grew up homeless.

“Me and my mother…we would sleep in parks and at the back of shopping centres, wherever there was a bit of warmth really.”

He talks candidly about his depression and anxiety and performs an original song called ‘Show Pain’ which he said saved his life. The inspiring and emotional lyrics, and indeed Aaron’s personal struggle, strikes a chord with judge Michelle Visage, who explains she has a child with depression. Will his talent and determination to succeed see Aaron progress on Saturday night?

Satturday night also sees the first animal acts of the series. Kevin Lawlor (39) is an electrician from Blanchardstown and he has come to Ireland’s biggest variety stage with his best friend Escobar the parrot. Escobar can sing the Fields of Athenry but with such a big audience will he get stage fright?

Amy Flanagan (15) and Izzy are from Cork. Amy has been training Izzy the Beagle since she got her 4 years ago, but its Izzy’s first time in front of an audience. Can they overcome first time nerves to impress the judges?  Michelle Visage loves animals, in fact her dream is to retire to the countryside with lots of rescue animals, but will she love this week’s talented pets?

Tune in to Ireland’s Got Talent this Saturday 24th February at 7.30pm, followed by Ireland’s Got Mór Talent at 8.30pm.





Notes to editors:

Further acts in episode 4:  

Martin McGuinness (51) is a farmer from Donegal. Originally from Belfast he fancies himself as a bit of a singer and he is hoping the judges will see his talent too!

Double Impact consists of Syesha Byrne Murphy (9) and Kyle Hawe (12) both of which are huge Louis fans! These two flexible cotemporary dancers are from Tallaght and are just as entertaining off the dance floor as they are on it! Their aim is to make Denise Van Outen cry and of course win Ireland’s Got Talent.

Michelle Grimes (22) from Limerick has plenty of experience performing in front of crowds having sung as part of Office Girls in front of 20, 000 people for Pride in Trafalger Square. Office Girls came about after Michelle answered an ad for a girl band in the UK, she spent a year touring the UK and the band auditioned for Xfactor getting to Bootcamp, she is hoping Louis will remember her and put her through!

Viva Dance are a ballroom dance group from Dublin, expect some lovely latin moves from this 13 piece dance troupe.

Airborne Dance Crew from Dublin and are aged between 12 and 17 years old.  These ‘street dance’ boys spend all their time training and it shows! Will it be enough to get them through to the next round?

Trinitones are Trinity College acapella choir boys, with a twist! Ranging in age from 19 to 29 and coming from all over Ireland and abroad including Sligo, Waterford, Wicklow as well as Dublin, Louth, New York and Nigeria, these singers have a very special sound.

Tommy Barker (49) is a puppeteer from Galway, he makes all his own puppets and also teaches puppetry. His kids are his biggest fans and his daughter encouraged him to enter the show.



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