Thursday 22 November 2018

'I don't want to do bubble-gum, throwaway stuff' - Eoghan McDermott has big plans for new 2FM slot

2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott pictured at the Rte 2fm Summer launch at Rte Radio Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin.
Pictures : Brian McEvoy
2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott pictured at the Rte 2fm Summer launch at Rte Radio Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Pictures : Brian McEvoy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The Voice of Ireland presenter Eoghan McDermott has nabbed a prime weekend slot on 2fm.

But the quiff-haired star (31) insisted that he wasn't stepping on anyone's toes with the new contract and hasn't replaced anyone on the station.

"I think the slot has just been attempted by a couple of people so it was like a no-man's land," he said.

And he reckons he's in it for the long haul after securing the coveted 7-10am slot on Saturday and Sunday, starting on July 6, with hope of a permanent slot.

"I think it's a rolling contract so unless I get sued or come in drunk, I think I'll be alright!" the presenter said.

He said how his new role will give him a chance to flex his broadcasting muscles and prove he has many strings to his bow.

"Everyone knows me from The Voice but before that , I did a really good, just never seen, music curation show on TG4, so I'd say most Irish bands will be getting radio play from me," he continued.

"I did two and a half years in London on XFM so if I have to beg, borrow or steal, I'll get people over and get them on.  I don't want to do bubble-gum, throwaway stuff, just for the sake of it."

And Eoghan said that the problem here was that whenever a big artist comes to Ireland, there's a scrum over an interview with them, meaning they're in short supply.

"Good guests are in short supply so my plan is to get people over from London.  But I'll be curating as much Irish music as I can," he said.

He'll now have to get up at 5am every weekend morning - and admits it will play havoc with his social life.

But he insists that he's still on the market, describing himself as "outrageously single" - and cites his good pal Niall Horan as Ireland's biggest bachelor.

"No, I'm not seeing anyone.  I need to up my game," he added.

There's also good news for fans of The Voice of Ireland, with Eoghan revealing how early signs of the show coming back are good.

Its recent successful run finished at the end of April, with Kian Egan-coached Brendan McCahey triumphing in the live final.

Eoghan said that ShinAwil producer Larry Bass has just signed a two-year sponsorship deal for the hit music programme.

"The show was for a three-year deal and this is the third year but then Larry did a two-year sponsorship this year so whether or not Larry will find the rest of the money, I don't know, it's up in the air," he added.



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