People said Xposé wouldn't last too long, says host Lisa Cannon
It is one of the biggest successes to come out of TV3 in recent years, but fashion show Xpose wasn't always so style-savvy.
That is according to its presenters who admitted they were not expecting it to last very long.
Presenter Lisa Cannon, who has been on the show since the beginning, told the Herald: "People thought it wouldn't last seven weeks, never mind seven years.
"I had never entered TV3 before I got the job and didn't know how it would go with the girls, but we managed to get it on air and it just went from there."
While it is fronted by some of our best-known fashionistas, the show, featuring Lisa and co-presenters Karen Koster, Aisling O'Loughlin and Glenda Gilson, has seen some fashion faux pas in its time.
The girls, who insist they are great pals despite speculation to the contrary over the years, celebrated Xpose's seventh birthday yesterday with a special show featuring a montage of their best and funniest bits.
"It's so funny looking back at the horrendous hairstyles and what we used to wear -- we were so over-done then," admitted Lisa.
"My hairstyle back in the day is grim. Back then we were in the middle of the Celtic Tiger boom era so there was a lot more jewellery and over the top stuff on display, whereas these days we are much more relaxed."
The girls tucked into a giant cake yesterday to celebrate the show's special day, and Lisa, whose documentary Presenter to Powerlifter went down well with viewers this week, relished being able to enjoy sweet treats again.
Classic beauty: Lisa Cannon (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
The busy television girls kept things low-key last night, but will meet up for a special lunch next week to mark the occasion with everyone, including Aisling O'Loughlin and her temporary replacement Michelle Doherty.
Mother-of-two Aisling will return to work in a few weeks' time after six months' maternity leave and will swap places with current host Michelle, who is expecting her first child.
"I've started doing a few odd jobs again and seen the girls at the IFTAs so it will be nice to catch up with them again," Aisling told the Herald.
"Seven years is a long time for a show, and we have all been there from the start so we know each other inside out at this stage."