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Almost half of Irish adults hate the Rose of Tralee, according to a new poll

Cover your eyes Daithí!

COULD THE COUNTRY’S love affair with Ireland’s answer to the Lovely Girls competition could well and truly be over.

The latest national survey revealed that almost half of Irish adults (47%) said they don’t like any aspect of the Rose of Tralee.

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The poll of over 1,000 people carried out by Lottoland also showed that 22% of people tuned in for the cringe factor.

Cringe factor? What do you mean? The Rose of Tralee is an upstanding, reputable pageant in which girls can show off their talents, like tin whistle playing and hip-hop dancing.

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People are seemingly over the gúnas as well – just 1 in 7 (14%) all said they preferred checking in to see what the onstage fashion is like.

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Watching out for the banter on social media came in next at 12% (got to get them likes on Twitter!) while 10% said they watch it as they might know a participant or their family and they might be scarlet for them. There’s no love lost for Daithí O’Sé though, with 10% of people tuning in to see him presenting the show!

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Something which may surprise people – the 18-24 age group hate the competition the least, while the 45-54 group hate it the most. Maybe it’s not as old fashioned as some think?

Lottoland’s Graham Ross said: “Every year, people give out about The Rose of Tralee and yet every year, it’s always the most talked and tweeted about programme.

As kids it signalled the start of the last week before heading back to school and even as adults, it’s a sure sign that summer is almost over but one thing is for sure the cute people from the Kingdom have a winning formula to keep the nation hooked every year despite the naysayers!”

Ross basically just described the child-version of The Fear.

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