Monday 16 July 2018

'I'd love to do the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars - that'd be amazing' - Kelly Brooke

Skechers Brand Ambassador, model and actress Kelly Brook
Skechers Brand Ambassador, model and actress Kelly Brook

Sean O'Grady

Kelly Brook has said she would relish the chance to compete on Ireland's Dancing With The Stars, describing the idea as "amazing".

The former page three girl (37) competed on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK back in 2007 and with producers currently casting the next series of the RTE show, Kelly reckons she could handle another stint on the dance floor.

"Do the Irish version? That would be amazing. That would be so good. I was a much better dancer back on Strictly because I was 10 years younger," she said.

Celebrities who have been linked to the second series include TV3 presenter Anna Daly and Britain's Next Top Model finalist Alannah Beirne, while former Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan revealed he turned down an offer to compete.

If she were to take part, Kelly would be a formidable foe for the other contestants as she made it to week eight of Strictly.

"It went well," she said. "I left because I had a family emergency. I actually didn't get voted off. I absolutely loved it and I went back every year after that. I did the Christmas special and the tour after."

Known for being a lads' mag favourite, Kelly first got her big break presenting on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast when she was just 18.

She became one of the first hosts to interview then up-and-coming boyband Westlife, and recalled knowing that they would make it big.

"They were super young and they were being hailed as the new Take That back then," she said. "You kind of knew what was in store, you knew that they would be successful but you couldn't have predicted how successful," she told the Herald.

"I remember seeing them again like four years later on the telly and going 'wow'. They were so nice."

Kelly was dubbed the sexiest woman in the world by FHM magazine in 2005 and appeared in all of the magazine's sexiest women countdowns until it ceased publication.

While the lads' mags have been the subject of heated debate, Kelly feels she wouldn't have had a modelling career without them.

"I loved the lads' mags," she said. "When I first started modelling, there were women's magazines that were obsessed with waif-looking women like Kate Moss, and the lads' mags were the first genre that showed curvy girls.

"They always really celebrated women that looked like me. As a model, I couldn't work in fashion so they really helped me have a career in modelling."

Kelly, who is a brand ambassador for Skechers, was speaking at the launch of the retailer's new footwear line, You. Skechers is becoming a Pink Patron of the Marie Keating Foundation this month to help raise funds in the fight against breast cancer.

Kelly was thrilled to be back in the capital for her first visit in almost a decade.

"I was here to turn on the Christmas lights for Brown Thomas. I remember I loved it but it was very much a flying visit," she said. "This trip I came earlier so I had more time to go around town and get a sense of the place."


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