Countdown is on for Wexford Has Talent
Anticipation is high throughout the model county at the moment as the countdown to this year's Wexford Has Talent auditions has begun.
The first audition will take on Sunday, January 13, and 50 acts have already registered in advance online to book an audition slot.
However, the organisers said there will be some spaces available to people who turn up on the day to participate.
One lucky competitor will win an overall prize of €2,000 and there will also be two runners-up prizes of €500 each.
The organisers are giving people every opportunity to enter and they have launched an additional means of auditioning this year which will see people able to submit a video through email.
This could prove particularly useful for bands and groups finding it difficult to have all members available on the day of the auditions.
One of the organisers, Killian Duignan, encouraged people to avail of the video option: 'We are delighted to announce that this year we are allowing bands and groups to send us a video file of no more than two minutes [duration] as their audition tape.'
'We know it can be especially difficult for the full band to come along on a day of auditions so this is an ideal opportunity for bands to submit an audition tape,' he said.
Files of two minutes or less can be emailed via wetransfer.com to firstname.lastname@example.org and all entries submitted in this manner must be entered before 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 12.
One lucky competitor will also have the opportunity to bag themselves a 'Golden Ticket' pass straight through to the 2019 Grand Final.
The live auditions, on Sunday, January 13, will take place at Clayton White's Hotel in Wexford town from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and free audition places can now be booked in advance via www.wexfordhastalent.com
This year marks the fifth year of the competition which has grown significantly since the first event in 2015.
Sponsored by the Wexford People the contest has grown to become recognised as the foremost county talent competition.
It has helped the careers of some of Co Wexford's most talked about music and entertainment acts including Fit for Kings, gymnast Tara Doyle-Robinson, the music group, Seventh Fret, and renowned singer-songwriter, Rachel Grace.
This year there will be two semi-finals; the first of which will be on Saturday, January 19, and that will be followed by a second semi-final on Saturday, February 16.
The Grand Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 9, and all the shows will be staged in Clayton White's Hotel.
Audience tickets for both semi-finals, priced €10, and the final (€15), are now available from the hotel.
All shows will get underway at 8 p.m.