Wednesday 25 April 2018

Celebs set to shed pounds as 'Operation Transformation' returns

Celebrity Operation Transformation contestants, from left, Kayleigh Cullinan, Mary Byrne, Gary O’Hanlon, host Kathryn Thomas, Triona McCarthy and James Patrice
Celebrity Operation Transformation contestants, from left, Kayleigh Cullinan, Mary Byrne, Gary O’Hanlon, host Kathryn Thomas, Triona McCarthy and James Patrice

Sean O'Grady

A chef, a stylist, a social media guru and two singers are joining forces to shed the pounds on the new series of 'Celebrity Operation Transformation'.

The weight-loss show is back again this autumn after a successful run last year that saw the likes of Katherine Lynch, Elaine Crowley and Gerald Kean competing to lose weight.

The contestants are former 'X Factor' contestant and panto performer Mary Byrne, stylist Triona McCarthy, celebrity chef Gerry O'Hanlon, social media influencer James Patrice and 'The Voice of Ireland's' Kayleigh Cullinane, while Kathryn Thomas will return as host.

Byrne admitted she was "shocked" to be asked to take part and thought the invitation was a joke at first.

"I had to ring my manager back to find out was she messing so I was thrilled, really thrilled," she said.

Byrne, who weighs 18st 5.5lb, is hopeful her health issues will not be a hindrance to her progress on the show.

"I'm nervous about the exercise because I suffer with arthritis in my knees and my shoulder so I'm nervous about not being able to do some of the exercises and I want to so badly," she said.

Fashion expert McCarthy, who weighs 12st 6.5lb, said she has never had a problem with her weight before but her family have suggested she should exercise more often.

"I actually always think I look alright and that it's other people who seem to be more concerned about my weight - it's like my mum or my sisters are always saying to me: 'Triona, if you just lost a few pounds your life would be so much easier' and I have to go 'Guys, it's OK - I'm actually happy'," she said.

'Dancing With The Stars' online host Patrice will begin the series at 19st 1lb, while chef O'Hanlon is at 15st.

Cullinane, who weighs 21st 0.5lb, reckons the show is exactly what she needs to change her lifestyle.

"It's the kick in the bum I need so it'll be nice to be able to go out and buy nice dresses and look well. Lately I definitely feel sluggish all the time.

"Myself and Mary are actually carrying around the weight of another person so we've been joking around saying it will be nice to get the girl off our back."

Irish Independent

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