Thursday 23 October 2014

I'm looking for brunette with brains - The Voice's Eoghan has yet to meet his 'someone spectacular'

Published 08/05/2014 | 07:34

Guests at the Respect Christmas Lunch 2013 at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 23.12.13. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Eoghan McDermott
Eoghan McDermott Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

He is footloose and fancy-free and enjoying single life in his 30s.

But TV man Eoghan McDermott still feels like a younger man and is under no pressure to settle down.

In March, the Dublin presenter opened up about how a painful break-up plunged him into a depression which led to self-harming.

However, the Voice of Ireland does have his eyes peeled for his ideal partner, a "brainy brunette".

Talking to the Diary about his relationship status, Eoghan said: "It's a pretty simple no, I'm not dating anyone.

"I haven't met anyone spectacular yet, but I'm sure they are knocking around."

Known for his witty remarks and tongue-in-cheek behaviour on screen, the Knocklyon native said intelligence is top of his criteria for the perfect partner.

"I like dark features and preferably someone very smart, I am big into smarts," he said.

"Brainy and brunette would be my type."

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The Voice's Kathryn Thomas and Eoghan McDermott

Eoghan, who celebrated his 31st birthday last month, said he has yet to decide whether he will settle in Dublin or London and insisted that the TV world suits his bachelor lifestyle.

"I am still getting away with masquerading as being in my twenties," admitted floppy-hairstyled Eoghan. "It doesn't bother me because a lot of my friends are in the media so it doesn't follow a normal timeline.

"That is the reality of the work I do and I think it keeps things exciting so it doesn't bother me at all."

Eoghan, who is great mates with UK-based stars Laura Whitmore and Niall Horan, is enjoying the London lifestyle despite the uncertainly of TV work across the water.

He shot several pilots for broadcasters Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the past year and is staying optimistic about whether any of them will come to fruition.

"I've been doing some pilots for Channel 4 and one or two of them look pretty strong so hopefully some of them take off in the next 12 months," he said.

The chatty host has spent much of the past few months in Dublin and just completed a stint of the third season of the Voice of Ireland, which wrapped last month.

And he defended criticism of the show, arguing that the talent was stronger than ever this year.

"You hear all this stuff about how the winners aren't doing well in the charts but it can take someone years before they establish themselves and start to achieve success.

"Former contestants like Conor Quinn have gone on to great stuff and are making albums so I think there is definitely still room for a show like the Voice," he added.

A strong advocate of mental health awareness, Eoghan is encouraging people get involved in this Saturday's Darkness Into Light walk/run in the Phoenix Park.

(The Herald)

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