Friday 20 April 2018

'I wouldn't let my kids audition for Ireland's Got Talent', insists Lucy Kennedy

Lucy and Holly
Lucy and Holly

Sean O'Grady

She may be the new host of Ireland's Got Talent, but Lucy Kennedy has admitted she would never let any of her children audition for the series.

The TV star insisted she is not a stage mum and would like her children - Holly (5), Jack (3) and nine-month-old Jess - to have more "secure" careers when they grow up.

"Absolutely not," Lucy replied when asked if she would let her eldest Holly audition for the show.

"Holly is becoming a lawyer or an accountant. She will not be following in my path. I am not a showbiz mum. She had one day with me to help the children and then she's going back to school. I would encourage her to pick a more secure career.

"But, at the end of the day, no matter what they want to do, I will support them."

With filming set to begin in November, Lucy is confident the show can become Irish TV's next big success.

"I truly believe Ireland's Got Talent is going to take off. It's the show that's missing from our tellies. Just because it's in Ireland, it's guaranteed entertainment, it's sheer gold," she told the Herald.

"I'm most looking forward to the auditions and the backstage stuff and doing what I do best, which is being with people and making them comfy and getting the best out of people.

"I love the judges and Louis Walsh. It'll be nice going around Ireland with him, he'll give me all the scoop. I'm for either a ­granny winning or a child, so I am a little biased."

Lucy was speaking at the launch of Cheerios ­Childline Breakfast 2017.

Taking place from October 16 to 22, ISPCC Childline are calling on the nation to host a Cheerios Childline Breakfast to raise funds for Ireland's only 24-hour listening service for children. Register today at ­ or text RISE to 50300 to donate €4.

"Holly launched it with me, it's important for children as well to see my daughter helping out," said Lucy.


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