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Lorraine takes her talents to the stage in Girls' Night

LORRAINE Keane is set to turn her talents to singing and dancing in a top West End show when it tours Ireland.

The former Xpose host has swapped her dictaphone for dancing shoes and will debut her singing talents in the West End show Girls' Night, when it comes to Dublin in the New Year for a nationwide tour.

But mum-of-two Lorraine (40) hasn't ruled out a TV comeback just yet. After stepping in for Claire Byrne on the Daily Show last March, the Dublin star says she would love to get into current affairs.

"Having done the Daily Show when Claire was unwell this year, I loved being back on live TV. It really made me appreciate what I actually did love about the business.

"I loved the live adrenaline buzz. For me, I need the nerves to enjoy it. And I really got that buzz again working with RTE. After covering for Claire I thought maybe I should go back and do something for TV," she explained.

Lorraine admitted that a career in current affairs is something she would love to do next.

"I majored in public administration and current affairs when I was in college but never followed up on it. Straight after college I went into AA Roadwatch, and then I presented a couple of business programmes as well as car racing shows.

"Then I got head hunted by TV3 for entertainment and I had never done that in my life, but I ended up there for 11 years and that became my niche. But I really love current affairs programmes," she explained.

When asked if she would be interested in taking over from RTE news anchor Anne Doyle if she chooses to retire, Lorraine says she won't be looking to take over the slot anytime soon. "No Nine O'clock News just yet. But I still love TV and all of this is entertainment really, it's all about performing. My dad has been a professional musician for the last 40 years so I was born into a musical family."

Lorraine's newest role will see her singing and dancing on stage alongside Fair City stars Hilda Fay and Sorcha Furlong.

One thing Lorraine was quick to rule out was another writing another book.

Lorraine had previously said that another offer for a new book was on the table following the release of Working The Red Carpet, but now she says her upcoming musical is her main focus. "There's no new book on the way. The show will be my main focus. I think this is enough of a challenge for me for 2012," she said.

-AR


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