Saturday 29 April 2017

It looks like Amanda Byram will return to TV soon... as Ireland's answer to Tess Daly

TV Presenter Amanda Byram attends the European Premiere of
TV Presenter Amanda Byram attends the European Premiere of "Magic Mike XXL" at Vue West End on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Amanda Byram hosted the 2015 IFTAs. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Amanda Byram at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016

Sean O'Grady

It looks like Irish viewers may be seeing Amanda Byram back on TV soon... and if she has her way, it could be at the helm of RTE's new celebrity dance show.

The TV star has revealed she's in talks with both RTE and TV3. The former Total Wipeout host (43) is ready to make her comeback.

Amanda Byram at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016
Amanda Byram at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016

"I have been talking to RTE and TV3 about certain projects. I would never turn my back on Irish television - I am always pitching stuff," she told the Diary.

Amanda was last on Irish TV screens when she hosted the 2015 Ifta Gala Television Awards and she is set to host the show for a second year in a row on Friday.

The brunette also has her eye on what is sure to be one of the most coveted jobs on Irish TV - hosting Dancing With The Stars.

Several names have been thrown about since the State broadcaster announced they would be commissioning an Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing, due to hit screens in January. While she has not been offered the gig just yet, Amanda is hoping things will go her way.

Presenters Claudia Winkleman (R) and Tess Daly arrive for the launch of 'Strictly Come Dancing 2016' at Elstree Studios on August 30, 2016 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Presenters Claudia Winkleman (R) and Tess Daly arrive for the launch of 'Strictly Come Dancing 2016' at Elstree Studios on August 30, 2016 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

"Possibly (I could host it), yeah. I have not been spoken to about it yet but I love the show - I watch it in the UK. Who knows?"

However, she was quick to note she would have no interest in being a contestant on the programme.

Amanda Byram and husband Julian Okines
Amanda Byram and husband Julian Okines

The Dubliner married partner Julian Okines in a glamorous ceremony last April. The bash was attended by some of the couple's celebrity pals, including Fearne Cotton and former model Yvonne Connolly.

With almost six months of wedded bliss under her belt, the former Ireland AM star admitted their relationship is better than ever since they tied the knot.

"It's amazing, it's brilliant. We're a team and we feel like we have taken it to the next level.

"It doesn't feel different but it feels better," she said. "You feel that sense of security. You're on the same path and you're together."

Amanda is based in London but jumps at the chance to return home.

"I love coming home and it's always great to have an excuse to come home. Life gets in the way and all of a sudden you're doing other things and you think, 'it's been six months since I was home'," she said.

"Sometimes I come back a few times a month. I do get homesick but I'm so close and I FaceTime my family all the time."

The Castleknock presenter is studying for a qualification in personal training.

"I'm almost there with my Level 3 PT and Nutrition course. I don't have the patience to train anyone but it's important to have the qualification because if I'm making YouTube videos or I'm making a DVD, I know what I'm talking about."

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