Tuesday 27 June 2017

'I would chat the legs off a donkey!' - Emma Waldron lands LA presenting gig alongside legendary Larry King

Former Miss Ireland Emma Waldron
Former Miss Ireland Emma Waldron
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Emma Waldron is gearing up for her first major US presenting gig - alongside legendary broadcaster Larry King.

The former primary school teacher moved to New York last year to follow her presenting dream and has worked in an Irish bar and done several modelling shoots in a bid to make that dream a reality.

All the hard work has paid off as Emma (26) has confirmed she has landed a presenting role on Collectors Cafe, a show which sees King come out of retirement.

The show revolves around interviews with celebrities and the items they collect whether it's Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's dresses or Sister Sledge's backstage passes from her tours.

Miss Ireland Emma Britt Waldron
Miss Ireland Emma Britt Waldron

"My role is collectors' correspondent," explained Emma to Ryan Tubridy on Radio One. 

"If you think of American Idol and Ryan Seacrest in the crowd, I'll be introducing the celebrities and talking to some of the guests who are on, hyping up the crowd, and then throwing it over to the couch."

Emma Waldron and Tyra Banks. PIC: Emma Waldron/Instagram
Emma Waldron and Tyra Banks. PIC: Emma Waldron/Instagram

The show will air on the History Channel.

Asked how she landed the gig, she said, "I happened to become friend with a producer and he thought I'd be good at it.  And lo and behold I did some auditions and they liked me.

"I would chat the legs off a donkey.  I'd talk to anybody.  I don't know how it happens. Luck I suppose - right place, right time."

Emma revealed that her move to New York was prompted by her presenting dream but also because she wanted to set up a tech company.

"I moved over a year ago and it was kind of whimsical but also something I wanted to do for a while in the sense that I always wanted to travel," she said.

"I was a teacher before and I had just finished the Hdip and I just decided to just go and I actually wanted to set up a tech company so that's what I'm here doing.

"Things like [presenting] just happen to fall in my path sometimes.  I don't know what it is, it was the same when I did Miss Ireland, just luck, somebody approached me and asked me would I do it."

Emma worked at an Irish bar, Pier A, at night and had meetings about her tech company, and modelling shoots and castings during the day.

"I've been working pretty hard, especially the last month or so," she said, adding, "It's been a hustle but hopefully it will all work out in the end."

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