08 Aug 2022

REVEALED: Ríl Óg crowned Longford's Next Superstar

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REVEALED: Ríl Óg crowned Longford's Next Superstar

Ríl Óg; Setanta Flood, Tómas Mulligan and Dylan Hanley on stage

Thousands of readers and our esteemed judges have cast their votes to crown the winner of #LongfordsNextSuperstar, the major countywide talent search run by the Longford Leader over the last couple of months.

The three-piece Trad band stole the show when it came to the public vote, shooting ahead from the very start and nabbing 68% of votes to secure their place in the final.

The grand final saw them go up against four more incredible acts before picking up 38% of the final vote, putting them in first place.

Freya Lilly O'Connor nabbed 32% of the votes and came in second, while third place and 14% of the public vote went to Ella Mulligan. She was closely followed by Mikey Mollaghan with 10% of the public vote and fifth place went to K Muni X ND with 5% of votes.

But the public vote only counted for 50% of the overall. Our panel of judges set about scoring the five finalists over the weekend to make up the other 50%.

Our judges were:

  • Janice Gibney: Working at the Backstage Theatre, Janice comes into contact with some of the county's most talented artists on a weekly basis.
  • Jimmy Connell: The face and the brains behind Jimmy's Jests, Jimmy puts his own talents to good use in a variety of hilarious sketches that are enjoyed by people in Longford and further afield.
  • Jessica Thompson: A journalist with the Longford Leader, Jessica has several years of experience writing about and reviewing the arts.

Ríl Óg and K Muni X ND were the top choices of the judges, who gave their top scores to these two acts, giving K Muni X ND the chance to make up some points and move to third place.

The final results are as follows:

First Place: Ríl Óg

Second Place: Freya Lilly O'Connor

Third Place: K Muni X ND

Fourth Place: Ella Mulligan

Fifth Place: Mikey Mollaghan

The Longford Leader will be in touch with Ríl Óg so that they can pick up a stunning prize package worth €1,500 thanks to our sponsors:

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