Sunday 25 September 2016

Kathryn Thomas could be set to waltz into Strictly show role

Sean O'Grady

Published 09/08/2016 | 07:27

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Rachel Stevens will be this year's style ambassador.
Grainne Seoige at the 2015 People of the Year Awards organised by Rehab and held in RTE. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

The Voice of Ireland fans may have been upset when the show was axed, but it looks like host Kathryn Thomas could well front its replacement.

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The show was given the chop by RTE in favour of new show Dancing With The Stars, the Irish version of BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing.

The producer of the upcoming series, Larry Bass, revealed former host Kathryn is one of the names being thrown about to host the prime time series.

Bass praised the Carlow native's presenting abilities and said she did a fantastic job hosting the singing competition.

Relationship

"Kathryn is one of many presenters we will talk to," he told the Herald. "We have a very close working relationship with Kathryn.

"She hadn't really done entertainment television per se until she came on The Voice and she did an excellent job."

When asked about other big names who could be at the helm of the new show such as Grainne Seoige, Mairead Ronan and Amanda Byram, Bass remained tight-lipped over who else was in the frame.

Amanda Byram
Amanda Byram

"I cannot comment on any names, as at this stage nobody is ruled in or out," he said.

"We will look at who is available and go through the selection process like we would on any other show.

Grainne Seoige at the 2015 People of the Year Awards organised by Rehab and held in RTE. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Grainne Seoige at the 2015 People of the Year Awards organised by Rehab and held in RTE. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

"There's many qualified candidates out there.

"We're blessed in a small country to have hugely talented people and we're looking forward to talking to a number of them and seeing where we go."

Kathryn is not the only member of The Voice team whose name has been considered for a spot on the show.

Bass said he has long thought S Club star Rachel Steven's would make a welcome addition to the judging panel of a dance show.

Rachel Stevens will be this year's style ambassador.
Rachel Stevens will be this year's style ambassador.

"We joked with Rachel in the past [about that].

"She was great on The Voice and we have joked with her many times she'd make a great judge on Strictly," he said.

"Whether she comes into the frame, we have to have long and detailed discussions with RTE before we put people in places. We've got a big job on our hands."

The producer said that while it was tough to say goodbye to The Voice, he is confident Irish audiences will fall in love with Dancing With The Stars.

"It was bittersweet to lose The Voice after five years," he said. "I've always been a big believer that this show transcends normal TV shows.

"It's one of the few shows that the whole family from your granny down to the four year old can watch."

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