We are delighted to introduce you to our Judges.
Chairperson of the Judges



Mary Byrne’s story is the story of fairy tales and movies. She’s the Tesco supermarket checkout lady who took a chance in life at the age of fifty by auditioning for Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV talent show, the X Factor.

Although she was pipped for a place in the 2010 X Factor final after going out in the semi-final, Mary won the hearts of millions with her big warm personality and powerful voice.

Mary Byrne is a bright and ambitious woman with a wealth of life’s experiences under her belt. She is determined to make the most of everything having reached the semi-finals of ITV’s ‘The X-Factor’. Mary was mentored by Louis Walsh, and her fellow finalists included One Direction and Matt Cardle. Mary is the Chairperson of the judging panel at Your Local Star Competition and is looking forward to seeing the talent that there is around the country.



Kayleigh Cullinan’s story is a story of strength and courage. At the tender age of 15, Kayleigh suffered a horrible attack which would leave her battered and bruised emotionally and physically, blind in one eye, enduring 11 operations and left her months confined to bed face down in one position. Her only comfort was to listen to her ipod and sing along to the music she loved.

Prior to the attack Kayleigh was not the best of singers but after months of doing nothing but singing, she emerged with an amazing natural toned vocal.

Kayleigh has fronted many campaigns promoting mental health and suicide awareness and has appeared on various TV shows including the Voice of Ireland, Saturday Night Show and has performed in the National Concert Hall and for the President of Ireland. Her talented voice is recognized all over Ireland and she brings a wealth of experience to Your Local Star Competition.

Celebrity Judge

Each Show we will have a celebrity judge from the world of music, dance or comedy.



Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham is one of Ireland’s leading promoters and Pr Guru’s and has worked with some of the top celebrities. Having worked with local and national media and in the entertainment industry for over 10 Years, he knows what works in entertainment and what doesn’t. In recent years Brian has opened his own PR and Agency firm and has some of Ireland’s leading personalities on his books.
Brian has hosted shows for many years and his calm and pleasant personality will ensure that the act will feel comfortable at all times. He looks forward to meeting all the acts on each of the shows.