Sunday 22 April 2018

Irish Strictly Come Dancing may be in running to replace Voice of Ireland, and Blathnaid wants to present

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh
Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh

Eimear Rabbitt

Move over Ireland’s Got Talent – RTE presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh has revealed that an Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing could be the next item on the broadcaster’s agenda.

Speculation is rife that RTE are set to replace the Voice of Ireland with our own version of Ireland’s Got Talent, the Simon Cowell show  which would be fronted by his long-time friend Louis Walsh. 

However, Blathnaid told the Herald that’s not the only entertainment programme in the pipeline.

“There is talk of Strictly, and I’d love to host it and keep it going,” she said.

“I can dance – I won a local Strictly competition – so I’d be up for it if they asked me. The BBC show is such a wonderful family production.”

Blathnaid (45) was previously a judge on the All-Ireland Talent Show, and hopes RTE have picked up a few tips from that series before launching themselves into Ireland’s Got Talent.

“I love the idea of the show, but as regards the whole idea of the provinces thing in the All-Ireland Talent Show, I wonder was it too much – county against county?” she said.

The flame-haired host is a long-standing member of the staff at Montrose and is involved in radio projects there.

But she also revealed she would have no qualms leaving the State broadcaster if the right offer presented itself.

“Of course I would,” the mum-of-four told the Herald.

“I’m 45, so the last thing I should be saying is that, but I’m not saying that. I would (leave) if there was an opportunity. What might have scared me in my 30s, doesn’t scare me now – I’m in my 40s now. I know college fees have to be paid and all of that, but they will be paid.”

The proud Gaeilgeoir is taking part in RTE’s Irish coverage as part of Seachtain Na Gaeilge, which runs until March 17 – and which includes a new all-Irish app.


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