Country sensation Nathan Carter lands RTE deal after hit presenting debut
He's a country music superstar, now heartthrob Nathan Carter has added a new string to his bow - as a tv presenter.
The Wagon Wheel singer is in talks to host his own tv series in 2016.
Nathan has impressed tv chiefs after recording a one hour special, The Nathan Carter Sjhow, which will be broadcast on RTE One next Wednesday night at 9:30pm.
Recorded in the Round |Room at Dublin's Mansion House, Nathan's guests include Mary Black, John Sheahan of The Dubliners, Paddy Casey and British country duo The Shires.
As well as interviewing his guests, who include his parents and grandparents, Nathan performs several songs and duets, including one with his 82-year-old grandfather.
Although the country idol is a natural in front of the camera, he admits that the challenge was daunting.
"I was nervous and spent every day for a week rehearsing," he told the Sunday World.
"I never did anything like that before. To have to interview people was totally different as I'm normally the one who gets interviewed. But 10 minutes into the show, I settled down, and by the time it ended, I would have loved to have done it all over again."
Nathan confirmed that there is talk of him now doing his own RTE tv series.
"There could be a series if this show goes well enough, so hopefully there's more to come.
The Liverpool-born star reveals that the toughest segment was interviewing his parents, Ian and Noreen, as well as his grandparents.
HIs builder father joked that Nathan cost him a fortune in gloves when he went to work.
"You wore four or five a day, because you didn't want to get your hands dirty," Ian says.
And his nan, Ann McCoy, originally from Warrenpoint, Co Down, said Nathan regularly staged concerts in her home when he was a child.
"He used to charge people to come into our lounge, cousins and aunties," Ann says.
"And then we'd ask for the money back because you were rubbish.
A home video shows Nathan tearing the wrapping off a present on Christmas morning and discovering to his delight that it's an accordion.
"I loved playing the according since I saw Brendan Shine when I was four years old," he says.
One of the highlights of the show is Nathan's duet with his granddad on the Elvis hit Are You Lonesome Tonight?
"He now has everyone lined up to watch the show," Nathan says.
"He's telling everyone 'I'm singing on it'. You'd think it was his show."
Nathan also sings Past The Point of Rescue with Mary Black.
"To get the chance to duet with her was extra special."