Saturday 21 April 2018

'It's all trial and error' - Elaine Crowley set for 'manic' year thanks to new TV3 show

Elaine Crowley on the set of her new show at Tv3 Studios in Ballymount Dublin. Image: Brian McEvoy
Elaine Crowley on the set of her new show at Tv3 Studios in Ballymount Dublin. Image: Brian McEvoy
Elaine Crowley on the set of her new show. Pic: Brian McEvoy
Elaine Crowley on Operation Transformation
Elaine Crowley arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Sasha Brady

2017 is starting off right for one of TV3’s biggest stars, Elaine Crowley.

The TV presenter is now fronting her own chat-show, Elaine, as part of the station’s revamped schedule.

She hosted popular panel show Midday for the past six years but with her own name behind her show, 2017 is a bit of a “different ballgame” for the 39-year-old.

“Some elements will be similar to Midday” she tells Independent.ie.

Elaine Crowley on the set of her new show. Pic: Brian McEvoy
Elaine Crowley on the set of her new show. Pic: Brian McEvoy

“We have a smaller panel getting behind the main news stories of the day. We’ll be taking an in-depth look at the stories that affect the guests and people at home; adding some feeling to the headlines. We want to see how these stories impact real people but there’s also room for a bit of craic though with some fun, topical features.”

Producing and presenting her own show has left Elaine with a “full-on” schedule but the broadcaster is determined to take everything in her stride and not get bogged down with nerves.

She admits that while she initially found the idea of hosting her own show “a bit weird” she’s excited about the year ahead and ready for the challenge.

“It’s all trial and error,” she says with her trademark straightforwadness.

Elaine Crowley on Operation Transformation
Elaine Crowley on Operation Transformation

“This is a new departure for me. Every day is different and every show will be different but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s manic… but it’s good.”

The Cork woman endeared herself to a whole new audience when she took part in RTE’s Celebrity Operation Transformation last year. But she finds the interest in her private life “a bit strange”. It’s something, she admits, that she's still adjusting to.

“Operation Transformation opened me up to a new audience but I think RTE viewers are a different breed to TV3. I’m under a lot of scrutiny since the show and I still find that strange. Especially as I was only in three episodes.

“But I think I touched a nerve with a lot of people. Anyone who’s going through depression, struggling with their self-confidence, mental health or struggling with their weight - anyone who has felt the same as me - I think they found my experience relatable.”

Elaine Crowley arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Elaine Crowley arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

“We’re all the same at the end of the day. We all have good and bad days. Sometimes you wake up and look in the mirror and feel like crap. Every day is different.

“You see people on the TV and think they’re living a fabulous and glamorous life but it’s not really like that. It doesn’t matter if you’re Bono or a bus driver, we all have our ups and downs.”

‘Elaine’ is broadcast live on TV3 every weekday Monday to Friday at 3pm.

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