Thursday 30 March 2017

‘If I won €500K on Winning Streak? I’d buy a swanky caravan and go to Wexford’ - Marty Whelan

Winning Streak's co-hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan
Winning Streak's co-hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Winning Streak, Europe’s longest running game show, is back, with lovable broadcasters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy at its helm.

Winning Streak will explode back onto the nation’s tv screens when it returns to RTE One on June 20th.

There have been a couple of changes to the family show, increasing the life-changing chance of players walking away with a fortune.

“There’s going to be a second chance to Spin the Wheel,” Sinead revealed. “Every week, an extra player will have the chance to spin the Winning Streak Grand Prize Wheel and win.”

Marty Whelan and Sinead kennedy on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show. Pic: Mac innes photography
Marty Whelan and Sinead kennedy on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show. Pic: Mac innes photography

So what would the returning presenters do themselves should they be granted a tidy €500,000?

“I would leave immediately! I’d buy a beach hut on an island off Panama. I’d take my husband Conor with me too,” Sinead laughed.

“I’d buy a really swanky caravan and head off to Wexford,” Marty added.

The dynamic duo said they were delighted to be teaming up for presenting duties again.

Winning Streak's co-hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan
Winning Streak's co-hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan

“Meeting Marty has been the highlight of presenting Winning Streak for me. He is genuinely the nicest guy in the world, bar my husband, and he has the best hair in the business.”

“Yes, we’ve got the grey hair well covered,” interjected Marty. “We look after each other. It’s a double hander, you simply have to get on with the other presenter... if not, you have to pretend you do!”

Marty, who just flew back from Vienna on Sunday after his Eurovision hosting duties, said he immediately got off the plane and headed to see his “idol” and favourite actor Al Pacino.

The co-hosts were adamant that the popular format of their show remains the same, which will be music to the ears of avid watchers.

“We know the majority of things work and they don’t want to change them. We knew we were returning for the summer time, other shows like The Million Euro Challenge wouldn't affect ours nor how we do it.”

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