Saturday 3 December 2016

'If I get a chance will I be taken seriously?' - Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh keen to host RTE's Strictly

Sean O'Grady

Published 19/09/2016 | 10:12

Blathnaid ni Chofaigh
Blathnaid ni Chofaigh
Strictly Come Dancing presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh has admitted she would love to host RTE's Dancing With The Stars, but she's not sure she will be given the chance.

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The TV presenter (45) is gunning for the hosting gig on the highly-anticipated show, with Vogue Williams and Nicky Byrne being tipped as the hot favourites to host the series.

However, the 45-year-old reckons Montrose should think of using her because she is already a full-time member of staff.

"I would like to get the presenting role. But will I get a chance? And if I get a chance will I be taken seriously? I wonder," she said.

Strictly Come Dancing presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
Strictly Come Dancing presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

"I don't know the answer to that. Because I haven't asked the question to someone's face yet. I have pondered it.

"I love that Claudia [Winkleman, who presents BBC's Strictly Come Dancing] is on air and if I am being paid, I should be used to my full potential."

However, Blathnaid is not confident RTE bosses are considering her for the job.

"I think - when they are sitting around - they don't see me, unfortunately."

The TV star reckons the station will go for a younger presenter.

"I think they look for the Tess Daly type. I am saying very blonde, younger ... I hope I am wrong though," she said.

Blathnaid admitted she is not a fan of the hugely-popular weight-loss show Operation Transformation, which is now airing its first celebrity series.

The presenter reckons the show doesn't promote a healthy body image.

"I have been the person who did reality TV before, I know how everything is edited and I know how things are done and I don't understand why they do it," she said.

"I call it fat shaming - and I don't think there's any need. There is no need to fat shame people."

Herald

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