Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

What odds on a supermodel from Northern Ireland?

Talent scout Fiona Ellis (centre, with blonde hair) and supermodel Erin O'Connor (white vest) with the Model Agent contestants

Two local lovelies are set to go head to head in the battle to be crowned Ireland’s next supermodel.

Carrie-Ann Burton, from Downpatrick and Belfast girl Julia McGovern are among 12 finalists taking part in a new RTE television show called the Model Agent, which begins next Monday.

And although the bookmakers aren’t taking bets on the pre-recorded programme, Paddy Power reckons the Northern Irish girls could give their southern counterparts a run for their money.

The bookies have selected Offaly stunner Sharon Touhey to win the competition, closely followed by Killarney teenager Sadbh Moore. But they’ve placed 19-year-old Carrie-Ann in fourth place and 17-year-old Julia in fifth.

Fiona Ellis, one of the world's most successful model scouts, is the Model Agent and she is joined by international catwalk queen Erin O'Connor in the quest to find the next Irish supermodel.

The 12 finalists will go head to head in a bid to win a contract with Independent Models, one of the world's leading agencies and a cover of Image magazine.

The winner will be the first Irish girl to grace the cover of Image in 15 years.

Erin O'Connor will be on hand to mentor the 12 lucky finalists, giving them first-hand advice based on her highly successful career.

Fiona Ellis arrived in Ireland in September 2008 to scout nationwide for talent that has the potential to storm the international fashion scene. The cameras followed the journey as she auditioned and selected at music events in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Dun Laoghaire and Clare, plus shopping centres in Galway, Cork, Dundrum and Belfast, as well as sifting through 1,000 postal applications.

The first programme of the series looks at the scouting mission in action as Fiona whittles thousands of girls down to just 12 finalists. The series starts on RTÉ Two on Monday April 20 at 10.25pm.

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