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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Model steals limelight from Bandits

Sassy role as bridesmaid in wildly popular video makes Madeline international star

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

SHE is the sassy bridesmaid in the pop video viewed two million times on You Tube.

But unlike her co-stars in The Rubberbandits, Limerick girl Madeline Mulqueen doesn't wear a bag over her head and had never ridden a horse before.

The 20-year-old model yesterday revealed how life has been turned around for her since she featured in the video for the group's hit track 'Horse Outside', which is being tipped to win the Christmas number one spot.

"I'd never been a bridesmaid in real life, so the whole thing was new to me.

"If I was trying to describe the character I played in the video, I'd say she's the girl everybody wants, but her brothers would beat you up if you got with her. That gives her all the attitude," the model told the Irish Independent.

The soft-spoken Munster beauty is a world away from the gum-chewing bridesmaid who steals the show in the hit video.

"I don't think I've a dress that tight in my wardrobe.

"The horses and the plastic-bag look obviously do it for her," she joked.

In June this year she won a nationwide model search competition, and is now represented by the Martina Costelloe Agency.

Her YouTube fame came about as a result of a chance meeting in her home town of Limerick with The Rubberbandits.

"They told me I looked cool, mentioned they were doing a video, and asked me did I want to be in it. Of course, being a Rubberbandits fan, I said yes."

Both Mulqueen and The Rubberbandits have credited RTE Republic Of Telly director Peter Foott with the unique look of the resulting video filmed last October in Limerick.

"Peter was brilliant at telling us what to do. The weird thing is that it felt like a real wedding. But what I really remember about the shoot was how much laughing was going on.

"It really was an exercise in trying not to laugh with everybody roaring their heads off," she added.

The model, who is now based in Dublin, said she had no idea how well the video would be received until after it was screened on Republic Of Telly two weeks ago.

"It's just gone crazy. The phone really hasn't stopped ringing. Both the song and the video get more and more popular every day," she said.

As a result Madeline's agency in Ennis, Co Clare, has been receiving enquiries about her from potential clients in Paris, London and further afield.

"It's an absolute dream because I really want to be a professional model. The only thing I have to come clean about is that I was never on a horse until I filmed the Rubberbandits video, so any guy with a horse outside could be disappointed," she joked.

Currently at number 2 in the Irish singles chart, The Rubberbandits will find out next Friday if they secured the coveted Christmas Number one slot.

Irish Independent

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