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Aidan adds his star power to Bainisteoir

RTE star Aidan Power will feature in this year's Celebrity Bainisteoir, the Herald can reveal.

Aidan will be starring in the new series alongside Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Today FM presenter Mairead Farrell, Apprentice star Breffny Morgan, Dragon's Den businessman Gavin Duffy and renowned wedding planner Franc aka Peter Kelly.

The series is just one project in the pipeline for Aidan.

"It's a busy time of the year. There's Celebrity Bainisteoir, a new talent show and a pilot project which I can't talk about yet but it will be very exciting if it happens," he said.

His busy schedule is good news following the axing of his long-running programme The Cafe, which made way as RTE chiefs overhauled their children's programming schedule.

Aidan said his participation in Celebrity Bainisteoir did not mean that he wanted his career to take a different direction.

"It's not about moving away from anything or going back to anything. It's about diversifying, doing projects that interest you," he said.

Aidan had previously shown interest in sports programming, reporting from the 2007 Rugby World Cup for BBC2, and the Heineken Cup and Irish Open golf for RTE.

Celebrity Bainisteoir gives eight celebrities the chance to manage an intermediate club Gaelic football team from their home county.

"It's a great show, a mixture of entertainment and GAA. I'm really glad to be part of it."

Aidan is also recording a new talent show, SuperCrew, which will be on RTE this autumn.

It will follow a new hip-hop crew as they get coached alongside Jedward for the Christmas Pantomime Cinderella, playing at the Olympia this December.