Monday 19 February 2018

Amanda's in the frame to host RTE reality fitness show

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

After taking the international television world by storm, the 40-year-old fitness fanatic may be making a return to our screens.

She started out on TV3's Ireland AM in 1999 and, after 14 years travelling the world and working on shows from The Big Breakast to This Morning, it looks as if Amanda Byram could be returning to Irish screens this summer.

The Castleknock woman is tipped to present new RTE reality show Ireland's Fittest Family.

The series is being billed by the show's producers as "the most extreme fitness competition ever".

Twelve families will compete against each other on some of the country's toughest endurance courses to nab a cash prize of €15,000.

Amanda would be the perfect presenter; she's known for her rock-hard abs, gruelling training regime and writes a fitness column.

"There are several names in the mix to host the show," a source close to production said. "Amanda is big into her fitness and would be ideal. She works really hard to look that good."

The 40-year-old star works out three times a week and mixes cardio with weight training.

Amanda began her career as an anchor on Ireland AM, before landing a role on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast.

She then headed over to the States to host controversial beauty show The Swan, which advocated using radical plastic surgery to enhance your looks.

Amanda returned to the UK in 2011 to host Total Wipeout and recently presented This Morning.

"She hasn't fronted an Irish TV show in over a decade," the source continued. "She would be a great host, but nothing is set in stone. There are several other presenters also being considered."

The producers of Ireland's Fittest Family have already enlisted several sporting heroes to act as mentors.

Olympic silver medal-winning boxer Kenny Egan, hurling champ Davy Fitzgerald and former rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan are just some of the names in the mix.

As seen in The Herald;

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