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Mr Paparazzi puts 'boring' Ronan Keating in sharp focus Down Under

Published 11/11/2012 | 06:00

Darryn Lyons featured on Celebrity Big Brother
Darryn Lyons featured on Celebrity Big Brother
Lyons said that the ex-Westlife member makes for an interesting watch
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03: Storm Uechritz and Ronan Keating attend Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australia's top celebrity photographer Darryn Lyons has insisted that Brian McFadden is far more entertaining than fellow TV judge Ronan Keating on camera.

The 'Mr Paparazzi' founder, who is best known for his work in Britain after featuring on Celebrity Big Brother in 2011, told The Diary that while it's a shame Australia's Got Talent was axed, McFadden should have no problem securing another show.

Speaking at the Melbourne Cup Carnival this week, Lyons said that the ex-Westlife member makes for an interesting watch, while Boyzone frontman Keating is "boring" on the country's version of The X Factor.

"Brian's a great bloke and I actually think he was a great judge on Australia's Got Talent (AGT). I think he was very good on air. Australians liked him and he's gotten over his wild times. He wasn't greatly thought of in his early days after coming here, but he's had a great comeback. He'll be fine whatever he does," he said.

"The public dictate when your time's up and it does depend on whether he was a diva behind the scenes. Yes, it's a blow for him that AGT is gone, but he's enjoying one of the happiest times of his life as a newlywed -- I really believe he'll find something else here."

In comparison, Lyons stated that father-of-three Keating had been "diabolical" in dealing with the media Down Under and it had affected his popularity, especially since appearing on Piers Morgan's Life Stories programme where he discussed his affair with dancer Francine Cornell.

"He hasn't managed the press very well, he's a nightmare when it comes to that. I think he's a good boyband member, but I don't think he's great as a judge on television. In fact, I think he's quite boring.

"Digging out a lot of former band members often doesn't work. It would be better to have someone with a bit more personality on screen.

"He's had a rough ride, probably more so in Oz than back in Ireland and the UK -- but it was deserved," he said.

Lyons also explained that enlisting more "homegrown" talent to judge on reality shows would largely be the way forward for Australian television networks.

-- LB

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