Junk Kouture reveal new judge Soulé as the live show is BACK!

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Soulé joins Roz Purcell, Louis Walsh and Stephen McLaughlin on the Junk Kouture judging panel for the Dublin City Final, 5th May 2022 in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Top Ten designs will be chosen to represent Ireland at the first EVER World Final later this year!

It’s back to business as usual for Junk Kouture with the return of a live final in Dublin city’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 5th May 2022. As one of Europe’s leading venues for theatre, arts and performance, the Bord Gáis will welcome to the stage a total of 60 haute-couture designs including five RTÉ 2FM Wildcards made from 100% recycled materials created and modelled by talented young designers aged 13 -18 from post-primary schools around the island of Ireland as they make their bid to be chosen for the first ever Junk Kouture World Final later in 2022.

Judges Roz Purcell,Louise Walsh,Soule and Stephen McLaughlin pictured as details were announced of the return of the Junk New judge Soulé joins Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell and Stephen McLaughlin to pick which designs will represent Ireland at the first ever Junk Kouture World Final later this year!

In a new twist this year, the Top 10 designs from the Dublin City Final, Powered by RTÉ, will be selected by the Junk Kouture judging panel for the World Final, which takes place in an exciting new location yet to be announced. Those 10 designs will then compete against 50 other designs – 10 from each of Junk Kouture’s other city finals in their five new territories: LondonParisMilanNew York and Abu Dhabi. At the World Final, there will be six individual City Designer Awards plus the first ever Junk Kouture World Designer of the Year!

And taking on the unenviable task of deciding the Top 10 Irish designs from the Dublin City final to represent Ireland at the inaugural World Final is brand new judge Soulé. No stranger to the stage herself as one of Ireland’s freshest young voices at the forefront of the new wave of Irish pop, Soulé has landed #1s on both the Irish Radio and Most Shazamed Charts, 10 million Spotify streams, is a three time nominee for the Choice Awards Song of the Year as well as having performed at some of the country’s leading festivals from Electric Picnic to Other Voices – so her eyes will be peeled to spot those designers who take their performances to the next level!

Junk Kouture Powered by RTÉ returns with a live final in Dublin citys Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 5th May 2022 as new judge Soulé joins Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell and Stephen McLaughlin to pick

Soulé, who will also perform on the night of the final, joins best-selling cookbook author, entrepreneur and fashion-upcycling enthusiast Roz Purcell, fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin and Louis Walsh as they search for the top 10 designs, while long-standing Junk Kouture judge Tracey Fahy, and Programme Director for Fashion Design at Griffith College Jane Leaveyreturn as technical judges. As always, the Junk Kouture judges are on the hunt for designs that have pushed the boundaries when it comes to materials and those all-important finishing touches!

Tickets go on sale for the Dublin City Final at 9am on Friday 1st April on Ticketmaster and from Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Box Office. Junk Kouture 2022 is a hybrid competition, as the five Irish regional finals took place on the Junk Kouture YouTube channel last week from 21st – 27th March ahead of the live event for the Dublin City Final in the Bord Gáis.

Junk Kouture Powered by RTÉ returns with a live final in Dublin city’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 5th May 2022 as new judge Soulé joins Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell and Stephen McLaughlin

New Junk Kouture judge Soulé said: “I am so excited to join the Junk Kouture judging panel for the Dublin City Final 2022! As a singer, I know that both your performance and fashion choices play a big role in helping you to be memorable on stage. I will be on the hunt for young designers who give 110% to their performance and channel their inner Lady Gaga, who has made so many fashion statements throughout her singing and acting career! Watching the regional finals last week, I could see the standard is incredibly high in this year’s competition with loads of fantastic designs so if you want to stand out, a big performance in the Bord Gáis on 5th May will definitely grab my attention!”

See below the list of incredible Junk Kouture designs chosen from the regional finals last week who will take part in the Dublin City Final on 5th May.

Keep up to speed with all things Junk Kouture 2022 across social media @junkkouture and online JunkKouture.com.  

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