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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Candidates to pitch their credentials on 'Late Late Show'

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

EACH of the nominees for the Presidency will be interviewed on 'The Late Late Show' on Friday, but not Senator David Norris.

The Irish Independent has learned that the contenders will be given a one-to-one interview with host Ryan Tubridy.

However, Senator Norris, who was interviewed in a 20-minute slot on the show two weeks ago, will only feature in a live confrontation between the candidates later in the evening.

"Even though Senator Norris spent most of his previous interview on the 'Late Late Show' defending himself rather than outlining his vision for the presidency, his appearance is a point of contention with some of the other candidates. So in the interests of fairness, we have come up with this solution," an RTE source told the Irish Independent last night.

The gesture means that the vast bulk of the 'Late Late Show' this Friday will be devoted to the presidential nominees, whether there are five or seven in the studio.

However, the first 20 minutes of the programme will feature Jedward, both performing and being interviewed by Ryan Tubridy.

RTE bosses will be hoping the presence of the 'X Factor' finalists and the presidential nominees will shore up viewer numbers after further fluctuations in ratings.

The show dropped 190,000 viewers last week, to an average of 554,300 after TV3 launched the US 'X Factor' against it.

Irish Independent

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