Tuesday 20 February 2018

Former Ireland AM host Amanda Byram says new show on TV3 is 'definite possibility'

Alan Hughes, Amanda Byram and Mark Cagney
Alan Hughes, Amanda Byram and Mark Cagney

Sharon McGowan

It's where she started her broadcasting career 16 years ago and now Amanda Byram is in talks with TV3 about a new show.

The model-turned-presenter (42) got her first TV gig hosting Ireland AM back in 1999, and now it looks as though she may be returning to the station.

Sources told the Herald that the Dublin beauty is in discussions to front an Irish version of popular Australian DIY show House Rules.

Couples from around the country will compete against each other in home renovations to win the prize of having their mortgage paid off.

"Production on the show is set to begin next year, so names attached to the show should emerge in the next few months," the source said.

Amanda, who previously fronted the controversial US makeover show The Swan, confirmed that she is in talks with the station, but was tight-lipped on the details of the potential project.

"I am speaking to TV3 at the moment about bits and pieces. There is a definite possibility '[of doing more presenting in Ireland]. I'm not opposed to the idea, as long as the gig is right and it's a challenge for me," she said.

After being based in London and America since she left Ireland AM, Amanda said she would like to start working here again if the right project came up, but fears becoming "over-exposed".

"I talk about coming back a lot actually. The dream is to be able to do a little bit everywhere, to do something in LA, to do something in London and to do something in Ireland," she said.

"When I come back, I pick and choose the stuff I do because the last thing you want is for people to get sick of your face and be over-exposed."

While Amanda, who was recently announced as the host of next week's IFTA TV awards, has had a successful career in presenting, she admitted her work was less than glamorous during her days as a photocall model.

"Of course there were the press calls that I ended up being most famous for - the stuff where you wear lederhosen and pose with goats on Grafton Street, or you wear your bikini in a bath full of Quality Street. Oh, those were the days," she told the Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

"I was actually in lederhosen with a goat. The get-ups I used to wear, you don't want to know. But we did it, we were hard-working girls.

"It's a full-on job, but I never complained about it."


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