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Closing dates for entries is Friday, November 12, and in-person auditions will then take place shortly afterwards in Vicar Street

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Louis Walsh wants to set up a new Irish pop group like chart-toppers Westlife

Louis Walsh wants to set up a new Irish pop group like chart-toppers Westlife

Louis Walsh wants to set up a new Irish pop group like chart-toppers Westlife

Calling all aspiring stars and natural-born performers.

Former X Factor judge Louis Walsh has released details of auditions as he begins the hunt for Ireland's hottest new band.

The music mogul, who has managed everyone from Eurovision winner Johnny Logan to chart-toppers Westlife, has started the first round of auditions as he calls on budding performers to get involved.

Open to "talented young singers" aged from 16 to 21, he wants anyone who can sing and perform to apply for the first round of auditions.

Walsh said he is "confident" there is a huge wealth of talent in this country and believes the entertainment industry is in for a huge boom.

"I want performers with a good attitude and a good personality but they have to be prepared to work hard. I just want new talent. I think there's so much talent here," he told the Herald.

"We've had some good rock acts like Dermot Kennedy, Picture This and Kodaline, but we haven't had any big pop acts since Westlife. There's a whole new generation now and I want to hear them.

"I've got some really good songwriters and producers in London lined up."

Among those who will be helping him choose the line-up is record-label boss Colin Barlow and top producer Brian Higgins, who previously worked with Girls Aloud.

He predicts 2022 will be a "huge year" for live entertainment, given so many major acts will be touring, making it an ideal time for a new group.

"Next year is going to be a massive year," he said.

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"Everybody is going to tour, live music is going to be back with a bang and there's going to be gigs every single night."

He said applicants don't need to be trained singers, as long as they have the right attitude.

"Anything is possible - just look at the early Boyzone stuff," he said.

The initial stages will be done virtually, with applicants asked to send on their details and a short video clip of a performance, which can be linked to a social media account or filmed on a smartphone.

Closing dates for entries is Friday, November 12, and in-person auditions will then take place shortly afterwards in Vicar Street from November 19 to 21.

To apply, email ­auditions@louiswalsh.com

Meanwhile, when asked about the new round of restrictions stipulating people have to be seated at gigs, he said: "At least it's a start. There's a light at the end of the tunnel now.

"We have to keep being careful because our health is our wealth."

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