Wednesday 23 August 2017

'If I hadn't lost weight, I wouldn't have fitted in 'Dancing' outfits,' says Katherine Lynch

Katherine Lynch and Kai Widdrington on RTE’s Dancing with the stars Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Katherine Lynch and Kai Widdrington on RTE’s Dancing with the stars Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Katherine Lynch with her partner
Katherine Lynch dancing with Kai Widdrington during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Jennifer O'Brien

'Dancing with the Stars' contestant Katherine Lynch has admitted she would never have had the confidence to join the show without 'Operation Transformation'.

The comedian, who has impressed judges with her dancing prowess since the start of the RTÉ series, revealed that had she not lost weight, she wouldn't have agreed to compete.

"Without 'Operation Transformation', I would not be doing this show," Katherine told the Irish Independent.

"You wouldn't be confident enough to do it for one and to be honest, you wouldn't even be able to get any costumes to fit you. I'm still the biggest dancer out there, even though I'm watching everything I eat."

Katherine Lynch with her partner
Katherine Lynch with her partner

The Leitrim-born entertainer shed 13.5lbs on weight-loss series 'Operation Transformation' last September and has now gone on to lose even more due to her gruelling rehearsals with dance partner Kai Widdrington.

"I find some of the costumes hard to get on and I'm still on my journey, but I'm feeling amazing," she said.

Katherine Lynch dancing with Kai Widdrington during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Katherine Lynch dancing with Kai Widdrington during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

"I would never fat shame, but I would say to people that you do feel better when you can move around easier and fit into nicer clothes. It's a fact. I never even thought I was that unhappy before but now that I am really happy, you know, it's a measure of it."

This weekend sees the star take on a fast-paced samba and Katherine didn't hold back about the fact that she very much wants to remain on the series for as long as possible.

And, even though she was sad to see co-star Hughie Maughan voted off last week, the refreshingly honest Katherine admitted that all of the contestants on the show are ultimately just hoping to stay in.

"It was such a shock to see Hughie go and it's really genuine that you don't want to see anyone go, but you definitely don't want to see yourself go either," she laughed.

Following his elimination from the show last weekend, 'Big Brother' star Hughie said that he had a new series in the works with comedy queen Katherine. Katherine said: "Hughie has commissioned a show himself. I don't know whether that is going to come about.

"Hughie gets me in trouble, he gets himself in trouble and then he tries to get me in trouble too."

Either way, the focus for the foreseeable is remaining on the dance series, and Katherine hopes viewers at home will continue to keep her in the show.

Irish Independent

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