Have You Got What it Takes to be Ireland’s Next Big Thing? 400 Pubs, 5000 Acts – Pub Talent Competition Kicks Off Across Ireland.
Ever dreamed of becoming the next Susan Boyle, Kings of Leon or even David Copperfield? If so, the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) in association with Smithwick’s, might have the answer for you.

This January, thousands of hopefuls will have the chance to showcase their talents in the Stars of our Bars pub talent competition, which takes place in pubs and bars across the country.

Following from the success of last year’s competition, Stars of our Bars expects to see 5,000* acts from all walks of life take part to be in with a chance to win from the cash prize fund of €50,000 and to be crowned Smithwick’s Stars or our Bars Champion 2011.

All acts are welcome so feel free to bring your spoons, don your magician’s cape, or just belt out a ballad of your choice. Heats will commence in late January and successful contestants will move on to the county finals in March before going head to head with the best in their region in April.

The All Ireland Final will take place in May where a panel of judges, including Newstalk and former Something Happens frontman Tom Dunne will select the overall national winner.

Entry to the competition is free and aspiring performers can enter through their nearest participating pub.

For more information and a list of participating pubs visit

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