Elmo, bear in mind that Tv3 is a commercially funded station & that a drop in advertising revenue has led to redundancies earlier this Summer (maybe in two stages & about 20?).
Everything is done to a strict budget including the "let's go outside to speak to some of the contestants' friends & family in the green room aka, what Ireland-AM uses & which we've just used a throw-over to cover-up although not very well!" bit.
They would have been better to rent out a venue (where was that warehouse they where using?) for the results show. It's about show biz as Mr. Lambourgine man suggested time and time again.
The drivers of the jeeps doing it for expenses was in Sunday Tribune.
The judges admitted somewhere (possibly Tribune) that they were doing it for expenses too.
In fairness they got their' products mentioned. For instance Gerry Lundberg P.R. was made aware of to the viewers. So was Ema Leddens' Consultancy Firm & Michael Dohertys' VIP magazine & Anniversary Party got serious promotion as did You Magazine which sponsored the online coverage on Tv3.ie.
You magazine was the main sponsor of the show, just in the same way as the National Lottery sponsor Coronation Street.
Also if several of the components (including the contestants) were made freely available to TV3 then they should have been able to produce a better show, I am sure that the TV3 staff didn't earn anything extra for this show, more than likely it was produced by the same people that produce Xpose. The show sounds like it was made for approx 10euro extra than if they had not chosen to produce it.