IT shocked fans of Operation Transformation today when it was revealed Dr Eva would not be returning to the show – however Kathryn Thomas has said she wouldn’t fit as a coach on The Voice panel.
The show’s seventh series was officially launched at RTE this morning with one notable absentee – Dr Eva.
The Finnish doctor decided to leave the series as she was ‘too busy’ to commit to the next run.
However presenter Kathryn Thomas has insisted that although there is also a vacant spot on ‘The Voice’ panel – Dr Eva won’t be taking the spinning seat.
“I hadn’t thought about that actually, no – I’ve heard her sing, and we’ve all seen her dance on the show, and music would not be her forte, let’s put it that way.”
A video from last year’s series of Dr Eva dancing to ‘Gangnam Style’ went viral online.
“I think it’s a big loss for the show because whether you liked her or loathe her Eva was a part of operation Transformation, and she got results for the show and the leaders.
“I really like her as a person, I wish her all the best. She’s got new clinics opening, a new book out in January and at the moment she’s in Rio sunning herself.
“It was a difficult decision for her to make. She was so passionate and she wanted the leaders to succeed.” She said.
The show is set to undergo and overhaul prior to the new series, however the Carlow native explained why it has remained so popular.
“I think the show really hits a chord with people, but it’s not just about the five leaders losing weight, everyone can get involved and the social media aspect has really helped. You can pick a leader and follow them and be a part of the whole process.
“We’ve really looked at bigger issues, it’s not just about weight loss. We’ve looked at childhood obesity, we’ve looked at the links between weight and cancer, we’ve looked at calorie counting.”
The 34-year-old added that now she’s getting ready for her busy time of the year, with Operation Transformation and The Voice both happening simultaneously, she’ll get back to the gym.
“This is my January. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll get back into the gym and go running. I’ve signed up for the Dublin marathon and do a pilates class.
“It’s like everybody says, you do feel better when you exercise, you do feel better when you’re healthy, and you’re much better able to concentrate on work.”
Dr Eva’s replacement will be unveiled in November.