Thursday 8 December 2016

Westwife Jodi Albert to make presenting debut on Xpose

Melanie Finn Showbiz Editor

Published 03/11/2015 | 07:19

Kian Egan & wife Jodi Albert at Today FM's Anton Savage Show
Kian Egan & wife Jodi Albert at Today FM's Anton Savage Show
01.11.2015 To celebrate National Fertility Week which runs from 2nd November to 8th November, Presenter Aisling O'Loughlin is pictured here in Dublin at the launch the new fertility website from Pillar Healthcare www.fertilityweek.ie Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Karen Koster at The Westbury Hotel when TV3's highlighted its autumn schedule to the advertising industry. The group updated the industry on its programming plans into the autumn and beyond. TV3 has consolidated its position as the Number 1 channel, after RTE1. TV3's Group share now stands at 10.4% following the successful launch of the Group's highly acclaimed new soap Red Rock and a winning strategy to rebuild the TV3 schedule with a focus on increased home production.

Singer and actress Jodi Albert will be making her Xpose presenting debut this week, sparking speculation she could become a regular fixture on the show as it hunts for new talent.

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The other half of former Westlife star Kian Egan only gave birth to her second baby, a boy named Zekey, last May but is already back at work.

Albert, a former Hollyoaks star, will be guest presenting the programme this Thursday and Friday as she cuts her teeth on the popular show in a new departure for the stunning star.

The ambitious beauty (32), who used to front the girlband Wonderland, is full of plans for the future, given that she's also opening a new shopping venture, Jodi's Boutique.

A TV3 spokesperson said: "We're looking forward very much to having Jodi in as a guest presenter on Xpose. We're a big fan of Jodi's and she's great fun so she'll fit right in with the gang."

She has also insisted it will be business as usual for the hit TV show, despite the fact that two of its five main presenters are going off on maternity leave in a few months time.

Aisling O'Loughlin will be giving birth to her third baby with photographer Nicholas MacInnes next May while Karen Koster is due to have her second baby with husband John McGuire early in the new year.

The TV3 spokeswoman said that was all par for the course, given that all of its presenters have long-term partners and it was expected they would be starting families at some stage.

"We were fully expecting to be in this position and someone will have to step in when they go on maternity leave but we're not ready to announce anything just yet," she added.

"Xpose is a branded show and is a very successful format. It's been running at least eight years now and is doing great. It will carry on regardless."

Screen testing is due to start shortly as programme bosses begin the search for replacement presenters to fill the shoes of O'Loughlin and Koster as the station casts its net far and wide trawling for fresh talent.

The showbiz show has been using several different guest presenters in a recent weeks, including TV star and former model Ruth O'Neill as well as I'm a Celebrity star Nadia Forde.

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