Thursday 8 December 2016

'The Voice lasted longer than I thought' - Eoghan McDermott on RTE axing show

Sean O'Grady

Published 05/08/2016 | 07:16

Eoghan McDermott and ex-girlfriend Jo Archbold
Eoghan McDermott and ex-girlfriend Jo Archbold
Voice of Ireland judges

Eoghan McDermott has spoken out on RTE axing The Voice of Ireland and admitted he was surprised the show was renewed for a fifth season at all.

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The Dubliner (33), who presents the backstage footage from the show alongside main host Kathryn Thomas, insisted he had a great time hosting the singing competition.

"I actually didn't think it was going to go for season five," he told the Herald.

"When it went to five I thought five was a nice number."

Adrian Lynch was brought in as the broadcaster's new channel controller at the end of series four, and Eoghan believes he wants to put his own mark on the station by introducing new show Dancing With The Stars.

Eoghan (below) also reckons there was no particular reason behind the decision to end the series other than a desire for change in Montrose.

"The channel controller changed for RTE One, so he let it go for an extra season, but you want to put your own stamp on the channel and bring in new shows," he said.

"I don't think it was for any particular reason - change is good. I suppose if you look at it from a ratings point of view, it's nice to flex the creative muscles and give talented people something else to sink their teeth into.

"Dance shows are such a monster in terms of the budget and the set. Ireland always has to be cost-effective because we're a small territory, but the people who make it will have a great time."

The Voice of Ireland, which featured Bressie, Una Healy, Rachel Stevens and Kian Egan as mentors, has long faced criticism for failing to produce a commercially successful winner across its five series.

However, Eoghan pointed out the show is still leaving screens on a high as it continued to draw big ratings to RTE throughout its run.

"I think it did what it was supposed to do and it went out on a high. It didn't fade away, ratings wise," he said.

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