Friday 15 December 2017

Here come the girls as pop starlets Saturdays jet in for Una Healy's TV show

Una takes a 'selfie' (Photo: Instagram/Una Healy)
Una takes a 'selfie' (Photo: Instagram/Una Healy)
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Pop starlets The Saturdays are touching down in Dublin today to help pal Una Healy film her new TV series.

The girl band are set to appear on Tipperary native Una's RTE show, Una's Dream Ticket, later this year.

And today, the Higher singers are on their way to RTE to perform a selection of pop anthems.

"SO Happy all my @TheSaturdays family have all arrived in my homeland! but we are missing our @FrankieTheSats :( x," Una tweeted late last night.

A source close to the production told the Diary the Saturdays were coming into the studio to "sing a couple of tunes".

"We're all very excited about it," the source said.

Una's daughter Aoife Belle gets her hair cut for the first time. (Photo: Instagram/Una Healy)
Una's daughter Aoife Belle gets her hair cut for the first time. (Photo: Instagram/Una Healy)
Una takes a 'selfie' (Photo: Instagram/Una Healy)
Una and Aoife Belle make a new friend. (Photo: Instagram/Una Healy)
The Tipperary singer poses up a storm. (Photo: Instagram/Una Healy)

"The production team have been planning it for some time and it's going to be a real showstopper. Una is really committed to the show and was delighted the girls wanted to take part."

Filming for the show began several weeks ago. And after years of live performances, it comes as no surprise to hear that 31-year-old Una is a natural in front of the camera.

"Una is a total pro," the source continued. "She's loving being back in Ireland and presenting a series of her own. She gets on with all the crew and seems totally at home."

And why wouldn't she be? Una has plenty of experience hanging around with RTE cameramen. The flame haired singer began her career working as an extra on Fair City.

Una appeared in 17 episodes of the soap in 2007. Since then she's become a member of one of the biggest girl bands going and has had made numerous TV appearances.

Earlier this summer, she was quizzed on All Star Mr and Mrs alongside her rugby playing husband Ben Foden.

And she appeared in The Saturday's ill-fated reality docu-series Chasing the Saturdays.

The show, which was produced by Keeping up with The Kardashian's creator, Ryan Seacrest, followed the band as they tried to crack the US market. But it failed to make an impact with viewers.

Filming also proved tricky for Una. She had to spend months in LA and said she found being apart from Ben difficult.

But it sounds like Una is finding filming in Ireland much easier. "It's going well. Of course there have been tricky moments," the insider said.

"It's never easy working with kids. A lot of them clam up the minute the camera is on them. But being a mum is a definite advantage and Una is great at drawing the best out of all the children."

Una's Dream Ticket will replace the popular reality series Jedward's Dream Factory.

Taking over from the Grimes brothers was never going to be easy but Una has made the show her own.

"She definitely brings something different. She's very warm and very generous. She also look great on camera and ups the 'glam factor' at RTE," the insider said.

(The Herald)

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