Monday 18 February 2019

'I love a debate' - Samantha Mumba gearing up to be guest host on ITV's Loose Women

Samantha Mumba on ITV's Loose Women
Samantha Mumba on ITV's Loose Women
Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

Samantha Mumba has told how she would "absolutely" be interested in joining ITV chat show Loose Women as a host.

The Drumcondra woman (35) will be a guest host on today's programme, just a week on from being invited on the show as a guest. If she impresses again, the singer reckons she could see herself there again.

"Absolutely. I'm a big fan of the show, I have been watching it for years anytime I am home," she said.

"I'm going to be a guest panellist. I genuinely had a ball doing it. I really like the girls. I love a debate and a back and forth conversation anyway. Baby steps. I'll chance my arm. Let me see how I get on."

Samantha Mumba at The People of the Year Awards 2016
Samantha Mumba at The People of the Year Awards 2016

It marks a return to presenting for Samantha, who guest-hosted several episodes of TV3's The Six O'Clock Show last year, after appearing on Celebrity MasterChef.

During her guest appearance on the chat show last week, Samantha said she planned to homeschool daughter Sage (3) in Los Angeles, where she lives with husband Torray Scales.

Former pop star and MasterChef Ireland contestant Samantha Mumba
Former pop star and MasterChef Ireland contestant Samantha Mumba

"We're probably going to do the homeschooling thing," she said.

"I know certainly in Ireland and England it wouldn't be as common, whereas in LA, where we live, it's incredible.

Special bond: Samantha with daughter Sage
Special bond: Samantha with daughter Sage

"There's a homeschool teacher who comes weekly to check in and make sure they are on point. We've another few years, but that's the direction we're going."

The Gotta Tell You singer described her daughter as her "soulmate".

"I'm sure before I had kids I probably would have been rolling my eyes at someone saying that but she is the best thing that's happened to me. I adore her. She's totally a little soulmate of mine," she said.

Samantha has been in Ireland for the last few weeks and returned to the stage when she performed at the after-party for Dublin Pride.

Asked if she would be open to judging Ireland's Got Talent one day, she said: "I don't know, I'd have to figure that out."

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