Westwife Jodi Albert to make presenting debut on Xpose
Singer and actress Jodi Albert will be making her Xpose presenting debut this week, sparking speculation she could become a regular fixture on the show as it hunts for new talent.
The other half of former Westlife star Kian Egan only gave birth to her second baby, a boy named Zekey, last May but is already back at work.
Albert, a former Hollyoaks star, will be guest presenting the programme this Thursday and Friday as she cuts her teeth on the popular show in a new departure for the stunning star.
The ambitious beauty (32), who used to front the girlband Wonderland, is full of plans for the future, given that she's also opening a new shopping venture, Jodi's Boutique.
A TV3 spokesperson said: "We're looking forward very much to having Jodi in as a guest presenter on Xpose. We're a big fan of Jodi's and she's great fun so she'll fit right in with the gang."
She has also insisted it will be business as usual for the hit TV show, despite the fact that two of its five main presenters are going off on maternity leave in a few months time.
Aisling O'Loughlin will be giving birth to her third baby with photographer Nicholas MacInnes next May while Karen Koster is due to have her second baby with husband John McGuire early in the new year.
The TV3 spokeswoman said that was all par for the course, given that all of its presenters have long-term partners and it was expected they would be starting families at some stage.
"We were fully expecting to be in this position and someone will have to step in when they go on maternity leave but we're not ready to announce anything just yet," she added.
"Xpose is a branded show and is a very successful format. It's been running at least eight years now and is doing great. It will carry on regardless."
Screen testing is due to start shortly as programme bosses begin the search for replacement presenters to fill the shoes of O'Loughlin and Koster as the station casts its net far and wide trawling for fresh talent.
The showbiz show has been using several different guest presenters in a recent weeks, including TV star and former model Ruth O'Neill as well as I'm a Celebrity star Nadia Forde.