Sunday 19 November 2017

Who is the new mystery judge on The Voice?

(L to R) Kian Egan, Sharon Corr, Kathryn Thomas, Bressie and Jamelia
(L to R) Kian Egan, Sharon Corr, Kathryn Thomas, Bressie and Jamelia
Host Kathryn has said Bressie should "watch out" for the new judge
Kathryn and co-host Eoghan McDermott

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

Presenter Kathryn Thomas predicts sparks will fly with the new judging panel on the RTE reality tv show.

She  has spent quality time with her new beau, restaurateur Padraig O'Loughlin, ahead of a hectic autumn TV schedule.

The 34-year-old is again at the forefront of entertainment this year as the host of both The Voice of Ireland and Operation Transformation.

And she believes the new Voice of Ireland judge will clash with show favourite Bressie.

However, Kathryn, who took RTE's Big Music Week to her hometown of Carlow yesterday, said that producers would "have her neck" if she gave away the identity of the new panel member.

"It's going to be a big change and they will shake things up," she told the Herald. "A change will keep things interesting. I that think Bressie needs to watch out."

The RTE star also revealed how she would miss departing judge Sharon Corr. "Sharon and myself are good friends," she said. "It was unfortunate that she wasn't able to return to the show because she was touring. We were texting and she's going to miss it.

"But Sharon brought her own special something to it, and I think this person will as well."

Kathryn also told how finding the times to see new man Padraig over the coming months would be difficult due to her busy career.

But she is confident that her schedule won't cause any problems.

"It isn't going to be hard fitting in the relationship with everything that is happening," she told the Herald.

"I've actually had a couple of weeks off ,so it's been great for us."

"I always knew that this was going to be a busy time for me with The Voice and Operation Transformation, but it isn't going to be an issue that work will ever take over," she added.

Kathryn revealed that her new partner was getting used to the intense media coverage that their relationship has attracted so far.

But she joked that she wouldn't be fazed by paparazzi snaps of her and her boyfriend after one photo showed the pair walking away from the camera, instead of their faces.

"I'm good and happy, but I won't have people taking pictures of his back again," she laughed.

"But he's grand. He's working away -- it's not a bother to him."

Kathryn suffered heartache last year when she split from long-term boyfriend, Enda Waters.

She said at the time: "When you spend five-and-a-half years with somebody, it's a long time and it's an adjustment."

This week the RTE Big Music Week Train will visit some of Ireland's most-travelled stations.

It will also feature a wealth of live performances by renowned artists such as Paul Brady, Damien Dempsey, Lumiere, Julie Feeney and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

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