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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C
Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Some of the contestants in this year's contest
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the Rose of Tralee?
It’s one of the most-watched programmes in Ireland every single year, but it’s also criticised for being outdated and irrelevant. Will you watch?

THE JUDGING PART of the 53rd Rose of Tralee contest kicks off in Kerry tonight as 32 women from around the world take to the stage over two nights in a bid to win the title.

Critics of the contest describe it as a Lovely Girls contest writ large, with contestants judged on their looks, personality, and talents. The televised part of the contest often draws the wrath of users on Twitter who criticise it for being outdated and irrelevant – but nonetheless still tune in.

More than 600,000 people watched the programme for each of the nights it was on last year, and fans say that it celebrates intelligent and talented women.

So the question: Will you watch the Rose of Tralee?

Poll Results:

No (1405)
Yes - I'm not a huge fan but I'll catch parts of it (478)
Yes - I'll watch most or all of it (228)

What do you think of the Rose of Tralee? Let us know in the comments…