Monday 18 December 2017

Watch out Cilla Black - Lucy Kennedy plays the dating game for new TV3 series

Comedian Jason Byrne and Lucy Kennedy at the launch of TV3's 2015 schedule at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Comedian Jason Byrne and Lucy Kennedy at the launch of TV3's 2015 schedule at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Lucy Kennedy pictured at the Shelbourne Hotel
Jason Byrne and Lucy Kennedy pictured at the Shelbourne Hotel
Comedian Jason Byrne and Lucy Kennedy pictured at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin this afternoon for the launch of the new TV3 2015 productions
Lucy Kennedy
25/4/14 Lucy Kennedy at the 2014 VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Melanie Finn Showbusiness Editor

WATCH out Cilla – here comes Lucy.

TV3's golden girl Lucy Kennedy (38) will be playing Cupid with a new dating programme – and said making the move from RTE was the best thing she ever did.

The bubbly presenter has confirmed that she'll be spreading her wings with the Ballymount station by tackling another project in the New Year.

“It's Cilla gone wrong! My wish has come true,” she quipped.

But it isn't the first dating show Lucy has done – she previously fronted the Ex-Files on RTE.

And it's just one of three shows she'll be working on, given that she's also doing a six-part series starting in the autumn.

“I'm doing a six, half-hour long series around September time as well. It's like a Livin' With Lucy type show,” she said.

The Late Lunch Live star added how she's been amused at all the rumours surrounding her future with the station.

“Every time I open a newspaper, I'm presenting a chat show or I've just bought TV3, I don't know what's going on,” she said.

“All I know is I'm on Late Lunch Live and I'm presenting a dating show. It will be like Cilla gone wrong. Other than that, I don't know what else I'm doing.”

SURPRISE

There was huge surprise in showbiz circles when she jumped ship from RTE to TV3 last year after being offered the afternoon chat show alongside Martin King.

But she has no regrets about the move and described it as the “best decision I ever made, probably after having babies”.

“I love it. TV3 is so laid-back and chilled. Everyone's really sound,” said the presenter.\[Steven Holland\]Juggling motherhood with having two children with hubbie Richie Governey has been challenging but she added how her hours have suited her well.

“It's fine. I've easy hours, I work ten till four so it's do-able. Jack is in Montessori and Holly is in crèche,” she explained.

She was previously one of RTE's most familiar faces, having co-presented the Podge and Rodge Show for several years as well as celebrity show Livin' With Lucy.

Lucy also worked on a 2fm weekend breakfast show with Baz Ashmawy but RTE decided to end the programme in June 2012.

And she said that now she had a permanent position now with TV3, it was “nice to have some security.”

Irish Independent

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