Saturday 18 November 2017

A chat show, a dating game... Lucy hits TV comeback trail in a big way

Lucy Kennedy
Lucy Kennedy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The broadcaster and mum-of-two has quite the comeback planned, with shows lined up for both RTE and TV3.

She's been off our radar and our screens for quite some time.

But presenter Lucy Kennedy says she'll be back with a bang come September.

The mum-of-two has two different TV shows in the works and says she'll be "rushed off her feet" in the autumn.

"I have two TV shows lined up -- one for RTE and one for TV3," she told the Herald.

"There are two ideas in the mix. I've developed both of them myself and am very excited about them. It just depends on which station jumps first."

If TV3 take the bait, Lucy will be flying solo when she hosts a light- hearted daytime chat show to rival RTE's Today programme.

"It'll be a chat show and I'll be fronting it. It's very quirky. It will have that Livin' With Lucy vibe to it," she explained.

"It's a daily show. And it has a big twist -- I can't say what exactly that is but it'll definitely keep viewers tuning in."

And if that fails to get picked up, the 37-year-old has developed a dating show specifically for women of a certain age for RTE.

"I would love, love, love to do a dating show," Lucy said.

"I wanted to do a version of Blind Date and be Ireland's answer to Cilla Black, but that fell through.

"So I've come up with a new format. It's a dating show but aimed at women in their mid-30s."

Lucy says it will be completely different in style and feel to other dating formats such as Take Me Out or Sky's The Love Machine.


"I think those shows are great but this will be a little more mature. No buzzers," she laughed.

The chatty brunette is having to explore new presenting options since her 2fm radio show with Baz Ashwamy and TV show Livin' With Lucy got the axe.

"It is so annoying that Livin' With Lucy isn't coming back," she said. "I loved doing that show, but I guess RTE think it's a luxury they can no longer afford." But before all the blind dates and live chat shows, Lucy plans on taking time out for some R'n'R this summer.

"I've got a feeling everything is going to get fairly frantic come September so I'm just enjoying those lazy summer days."

Lucy was talking at the launch of the annual RDS Horse Show and says it's a highlight of her holidays.

"I love going and bringing Jack with me. It's a great day out."

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