Friday 9 December 2016

'It got very catty between them’ - Kathryn Thomas on behind-the-scenes tensions between RTE’s The Voice judges

Published 07/08/2016 | 17:34

Kathryn Thomas revealed that The Voice mentor Dolores O'Riordan clashed with judge Jamelia
Kathryn Thomas revealed that The Voice mentor Dolores O'Riordan clashed with judge Jamelia

The final curtains have been drawn on The Voice and presenter Kathryn Thomas has opened up about the drama behind the scenes of the RTE show.

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The RTE star, who presented the programme for its four year duration, revealed that there were tensions between judges Jamelia and Dolores O’Riordan who acted as a mentor on the programme.

Kathryn Thomas revealed that The Voice mentor Dolores O'Riordan clashed with judge Jamelia
Kathryn Thomas revealed that The Voice mentor Dolores O'Riordan clashed with judge Jamelia

According to The Sun on Sunday, Kathryn said: “On more than one occasion I had to go in and defuse the situation. Jamelia was feisty and fiery, and didn’t take any crap off anyone.”

“You never had a clue what was going to come out of Dolores’s mouth on a live show,” she said.

“Jamelia simply didn’t get Dolores. It got very catty between them and there was a lot of pressure during long days in the studio.”

Thomas revealed that she is not upset that the show has been axed in favour of an Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing, and said that it is the nature of television.

Kathryn Thomas revealed that The Voice mentor Dolores O'Riordan clashed with judge Jamelia
Kathryn Thomas revealed that The Voice mentor Dolores O'Riordan clashed with judge Jamelia

“I knew this decision was coming from RTE and I’ve been busy with my own TV formats. From my own perspective, whether it’s No Frontiers, or Winning Streak, or The Voice, everything comes to an end.

“From RTE’s side, they have to try new things. I’m a freelancer, this is the gig and this is what happens.”

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