Lucy Kennedy is set to host Ireland’s Got Talent, it has been revealed.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Baz Ashmawy and Laura Whitmore were in talks for the role – but sources say Lucy has nabbed the gig.
It was also reported that Denise Van Outen was in line to host the new talent series – however, it looks like she’s set to take a seat on the judging panel instead.
According to the Irish Mail on Sunday, TV3 have signed up Denise as a judge, as well as comedian Jason Byrne and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage.
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Sources say that bosses were hoping to book Louis Walsh, but they could not agree a contract fee.
“There has been an exhausting search for the right balance,” a source said.
“Denise and Jason are household names but Michelle Visage is an international star. She has personality and class and a string of incredible one-liners. She could be the real star of the show. There was also a Pussy Cat Doll as well but in the end, we feel that this is the right line-up.
Judges: Jason Byrne, Michelle Visage and Denise Van Outen will reportedly sit on the judging panel
“We had tried to get Louis Walsh and up until this weekend we were talking to him, but unfortunately he was not interested. But he will be on TV3 in a few weeks as the X Factor judge so it is still a winner for TV3,” they added.
Auditions for Ireland’s Got Talent are being scheduled for November, with the series being broadcast on Saturday nights on TV3 in January.