The Prize
The 5 best acts from around the country are chosen by a jury panel to go to the National Final in Whelan’s, to perform in front of a packed house and panel of industry professionals. Along with representatives from Le Crunch Apples from France, our 2018 judges were Editor Paddy McKenna whose extensive background in radio along with his own musical ability made him the perfect talent scout. Also on hand to help select the finalists and eventually the next big vocal sensations, were one of the country’s finest frontwomen Jess Kavanagh from BARQ, and rising singer songwriter Jack O’Rourke.
The overall winner was awarded with their prize of


Each of the 4 runners up received €250 and the chance to showcase their talent to a host of industry professionals.

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