Tuesday 11 December 2018

'I didn't want to host Blind Date then and I don't now' reveals Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy at her Monkstown Home. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Lucy Kennedy at her Monkstown Home. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Lucy Kennedy wouldn't take up the job as presenter of Blind Date if she was asked again.

The Ireland's Got Talent host told the Herald she wouldn't be interested in the position if the dating show was rebooted by TV3, and claimed she turned it down initially because she preferred the format of Ireland's Got Talent.

Lucy had been tipped to host the Irish version of Cilla Black's famous matchmaking game show, but the role eventually went to Al Porter.

The show was then axed in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Porter.

Launch party: Ireland's Got Talent host Lucy Kennedy with Blind Date's Al Porter as TV3 unveiled its programming plans for the autumn. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Launch party: Ireland's Got Talent host Lucy Kennedy with Blind Date's Al Porter as TV3 unveiled its programming plans for the autumn. Photo: Brian McEvoy

"I wouldn't take it, to be honest, and I didn't the first time because of Ireland's Got Talent," said Lucy.

"I knew that Ireland's Got Talent was happening and I preferred Ireland's Got Talent for me, so I chose that."

Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage of new TV3 Show Ireland's Got Talent pictured as TV3 unveiled its programming plans for Autumn 2017 at The National Concert Hall ,Dublin.
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No Repro Fee for one use
Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage of new TV3 Show Ireland's Got Talent pictured as TV3 unveiled its programming plans for Autumn 2017 at The National Concert Hall ,Dublin. Pictures:Brian McEvoy No Repro Fee for one use

Lucy is one of Ireland's stalwart TV talents, and is currently juggling filming her own TV series, Living With Lucy, with her breakfast time Radio Nova show with Colm Hayes. Right now, she reckons she has enough to contend with without taking on another show.

"Between Living With Lucy and Nova and a few other projects, I think I have enough on my plate so I have no desire to do Blind Date," she said.

Colm Hayes
Colm Hayes

"I'm juggling it all and so far so good."

However, the TV3 star said there was another dating show that would be more her cup of tea.

"Oh my God, I would love Love Island. I would love that gig, it would be right up my street," she said.

"If Caroline Flack is sick I would literally be on that plane in seconds. It's in the sun, so that would be a really nice gig.

"But as it stands with Living With Lucy and Ireland's Got Talent, I literally don't have time to leave my house, let alone the country."

In the meantime, Lucy says she is very satisfied with her lot.

"My friends and husband think it's very weird that I can move into a stranger's home, but I have no fear of people whatsoever, as odd as that sounds - I just love it," she said.

"I love seeing if they're like us - they usually are."

Lucy was speaking as Aveeno Baby brand ambassador at the launch of the new Aveeno Baby range at The Woollen Mills on Wednesday.

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