THE discovery and promotion of new Irish talent is being controlled by a mafia style system that tends to ridicule and humiliate some young people, claims the chairman of Limerick County Council, John Gallahue, critical of shows like the X factor and judging panels.
He was speaking at the launch of a Christmas CD from students at the Funk Fusion Stage School in Limerick,
when he warned that talented young people are finding it hard to make a breakthrough because of the emergence of staged talent competitions on television.
These shows are staged to make it more dramatic, and judges like Louis Walsh are playing along with this fake façade, he said.
“Some young people are set up to be humiliated and dis-heartened. It is becoming more obvious that entry to show business is being controlled by a mafia style approach by some promoters, who are making vast sums of money.
Marcella O’Sullivan of Funk Fusion, said all proceeds from their 16-track Christmas Smiles CD are going to the Share A Dream Foundation.
The ages of students involved range from four to 18yrs of age.