Thursday 19 July 2018

Lucy Kennedy has sights set on conquering UK after signing with British agent

Lucy Kennedy at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lucy Kennedy at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Lucy Kennedy is looking to conquer the UK after signing up with a leading British talent agent.

The presenter, who scored a big hit with Living With Lucy and is presenting TV3's Ireland's Got Talent, revealed: "I've made some really good contacts in the UK since doing Living With Lucy and I've been going back and forth for a while. I've got representation in the UK where we're looking at light entertainment shows.

"I'm busy with Living With Lucy and Ireland's Got Talent and then, who knows? There's bound to be something else I can take on," Lucy (41) added.

She also has ambitions of completing her Living With Lucy wishlist. The programme sees her move in with a different celebrity for a weekend and she admitted: "I would love to get Piers Morgan on it. I believe we could make good TV together and I pretty much ask him every two months now. It's borderline stalking. I'd also love to get David Walliams and Michelle Visage as she's just brilliant."

Katie Hopkins, Lucy Kennedy on Living with Lucy, TV3
Katie Hopkins, Lucy Kennedy on Living with Lucy, TV3

Having spent the past month filming Ireland's Got Talent, she revealed she was nervous at first about taking on such a popular format.

"It's that same fear that's there for anyone taking on something that's in the UK. You don't want to do a lesser Irish version of it," she said.

Daniella Westbrook and Lucy Kennedy on Living with Lucy, TV3, 10pm Tuesday
Daniella Westbrook and Lucy Kennedy on Living with Lucy, TV3, 10pm Tuesday

"The team behind Dancing With The Stars were probably the same. But having worked on it, it's the exact same in terms of high production values. It's the same set, at times the same team and the same series producer. I think the show is going to be great."

Having stepped into the presenter's role occupied by Ant and Dec in Britain's Got Talent, she admitted that as a mum-of-three, she has a soft spot for the child performers.

Lucy Kennedy with Michael Healy Rae on Living with Lucy
Lucy Kennedy with Michael Healy Rae on Living with Lucy

"I'm pathetic. I'm crying the whole time. I just get so invested in people's emotions," Lucy said.

"It's just a TV show to the viewers but it's genuinely life-changing to them. Seeing a kid not get through to the next round, that just gets to me so much."

Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy

She also plans to return to radio work, having previously fronted a weekend breakfast show with Baz Ashmawy on 2fm, which ended in 2012. The broadcasters are good friends and have discussed working together again.

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