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RoseofTraleeA review is to be carried out into the process of making a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Rose of Tralee ahead of next year’s festival.
It follows criticism from the Down Rose Fainche McCormack who described the show, which was broadcast last Monday night, as a “cheap reality television show”.
Road to the Dome was a new addition to the Rose of Tralee’s television coverage and followed the Roses up to the point where they were told if they had made the finals.
Fainche McCormack, who didn’t make it through, claimed the Roses didn’t sign up for such a show in which their emotions would be manipulated for entertainment.
Her comment on the Rose of Tralee Facebook page, which has since been removed, continued to claim that cameras intrusively followed the Roses and they were asked inappropriate questions.
A joint statement from RTE and the Rose of Tralee to Radio Kerry News says the 65 Roses were aware from the outset that they were being filmed at all stages in the run up to the live television shows.
In advance of the show going out on Monday evening the festival was given the opportunity to view the programme and were happy with it.
The statement says they regret that the Down Rose was upset at elements of the filming process for the documentary and RTÉ and the Rose of Tralee Festival have agreed to review the process for next year.