Meet The Judges

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh, pop mogul and charismatic judge on The X Factor is behind some of the most successful bands in pop history including  Boyzone, Westlife, Samantha Mumba, Girls Aloud, Shayne Ward, Wonderland and of course Jedward.

The fact that he has achieved 28 number one hits is a testament to his success and is one of the reasons why Louis is one of the most respected names in the music industry today.

Originally from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Louis moved to Dublin to get a start in the music industry and went on to manage Johnny Logan, Boyzone and Westlife, three of Ireland’s most successful pop artists of all time.

In later life, Walsh began an alternative career as a television talent pundit and personality. 

Louis has been a judge on The X Factor since the show’s inception in 2004 and was the winning judge of the show’s second series, mentoring Shayne Ward. Louis also returns to the X Factor panel this year alongside Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger for X factor Celebrity. Louis was also a judge on Virgin Media One’s Ireland’s Got Talent in 2018 and 2019.  He has also appeared on You’re a Star, Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor USA alongside Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle is a journalist, presenter and former newsreader.  She is best known as a long-serving newsreader for RTÉ, who anchored the broadcaster’s main evening television news programmes during 33 years of service and now MC’s and Hosts many events around the country. 

Doyle joined the RTÉ newsroom in 1978 and read her first news bulletin on Christmas Day that year. She became a regular reader for bulletins on both radio and television news services. In 1983, she became one of four presenters for RTÉ One’s early evening news, then known as Newstime. The programme was relaunched in 1988 as the Six One News with Doyle becoming co-anchor alongside Seán Duignan two years later.

Doyle became one of two sole anchors of RTÉ’s flagship Nine O’Clock News in 1997, alternating with Eileen Dunne. In 2000, she was elected to represent RTÉ staff on the 14th RTÉ Authority. The following year, she took over from Marian Finucane as co-presenter of Crimeline. In addition, she filled in for Finucane as presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s The Marian Finucane Show.

In November 2011, Doyle announced she was retiring from RTÉ . She presented her last RTÉ News bulletin at 8:50pm on Sunday 25 December 2011, 33 years to the day since her first bulletin. The bulletin ended with a montage of Doyle’s career with RTÉ featuring tributes from among others, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and broadcaster Gay Byrne.

Ann has become part of Irish popular culture. Filth-obsessed puppets Podge and Rodge frequently reference Doyle in their jokes, and the satirical comedy Bull Island also featured impersonations of Anne Doyle, including parodied news bulletins in which she would state “I am Anne Doyle. I am the news”. She also has a long-standing association with Dustin the Turkey.

 

Brian Dowling

Brian has most recently hosted the Real Housewives of Cheshire reunion show on ITVBe for Season 1 and Season 2. Prior to that, Brian hosted TV3’s hugely popular Saturday night quiz show Sitting On A Fortune.

Since being crowned the winner of Big Brother in 2001 Brian Dowling has forged a career as one of Britain’s best loved TV personalities and in 2010 was crowned the winner of Ultimate Big Brother on Channel 4, which is testament to his popularity with the general public who themselves vote for the winner. He holds the record for never once being up for eviction during his two stays in the house.

Brian’s a very experienced radio and television presenter, who is happy fronting both live and pre-recorded shows. For nearly two years he fronted the BAFTA Award winning SMTV Live before going on to helm Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother for three years after its move to Channel 5 in 2011. He’s also been busy on ITV2 hosting The National Soap Awards – Let’s Party and The National Television Awards After Show Party, is a regular face on ITV’s This Morning and fronted three series of a hugely successful Irish series for RTE, Wagon’s Den, as well as the popular The Big Fat Breakfast Show.

He has fronted his own series for ITV, entitled Brian’s Boyfriends. Other presenting credits include Live From Studio Five, Celebrity Extra, The Mint, I’m Famous & Frightened Extra, Trolley Dollies, Christmas Wrapped Up and Cirque De Celebrité: Backstage to name but a few. Brian hosted a showbiz slot on Vernon Kaye’s BBC Radio 1 Saturday morning show for two years.

He has gone on to lend his recognisable voice to narrate popular television and radio programmes for broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4. He regularly presents and works for many corporate companies including The Clothes Show Live, Top Shop, Britannia Airways, Vodafone, Glamour Magazine and has been the voice of numerous TV advertisements. He has also hosted many prestigious events, including the Variety Club Showbusiness Awards, Elle Style Awards and the First Light Film Awards. Brian has also fronted huge live events, including Party In The Park and O2 In The Park.

Tara O’Farrell

A former model now turned makeup artist, Tara’s experience both in front of and now behind the camera makes her one of the most astute and savvy makeup artists working in Ireland today.

With an infectious personality, warm demeanour and enviable sense of style, Tara has become a popular addition to many interactive live events and showcases across the country. A new mum to baby Gene, she is now reaching a whole new audience of women across Ireland who are engaging with her friendly and honest approach to beauty, fashion, career and motherhood.