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There's no rivalry between me and Miriam for jobs... she's got it all sewn up, says Kathryn

RTE star Kathryn Thomas said there is no rivalry between herself and Miriam O'Callaghan.

The two power women at the national broadcaster are often depicted by satire show Green Tea as being at each other's throats.

But Kathryn said that Miriam has the position of top dog "sewn up".

The Voice presenter said that she was exhausted after the intensive programming over the past 17 weeks.

"I'm still processing the fact that it's all over," Kathryn told the Herald.

"The last couple of days were all about planning. It was such a big night.

"The show was absolutely massive. All of the crew -- from the canteen to the lighting to the styling to the direction -- they were all part of the culmination of the show."

The former No Frontiers frontwoman admitted that she was slightly intimidated by the live format of The Voice.

"Every live show, I felt nervous," she revealed. "But it is like driving a car. Once you are on the road, you are grand.

"There's lots to think about all the time -- it was a great experience for me to have fronted such a huge show.

"I really felt the nerves before I went on stage for the final too but it was great to see all of the contestants who came back in the front row," she added. "Everyone was so supportive backstage.

"Would I do it again? In the morning! Well maybe not in the morning -- but yes, absolutely, if they would have me back. I loved every minute of it."

Kathryn, who wore a Joanne Hynes creation on the final night, said that the last four grew particularly close.

"When we were standing backstage, we were thinking -- it could go any way," she said. "And I know that the voting was really tight.

"Jim brought up his game, Valerie had me in tears backstage and Richie was so incredible from the word go.

"Pat's approach was so laid back, but when he takes to the stage, he just brings something else.

"They were four really different artists and all so deserving of a place in the final.

"It was great to see a fellow 'Carlowian' win it."

Kathryn (33), who also fronted Operation Transformation at the beginning of the year, said that she is looking forward to taking a breather.

But she won't rest on her laurels for too long: "I will take a couple of weeks off. I have a hen party and there is a lot of organisation in that. So I'll be away for a couple of nights and then I'm going away with my mam to France," she said.

"Then I have a couple of weeks on the radio. So I'm busy until July -- you just have to keep going."

But the statuesque blonde said that there was no competition between herself and Miriam O'Callaghan for the top jobs at the station.

"I don't think so -- I think Miriam has that sewn up," she said.

"Someone tweeted that to me about Green Tea. A couple of people said to me that it was very funny, I didn't hear it myself.

"I am just delighted to be working. As I said, you can only do your best.

"I am chuffed -- I feel very privileged to be involved in some way with something this big," she added.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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