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Maia hopes she and Johnny won't fail on Mr & Mrs quiz

SHE is fast becoming a regular on RTE screens, but Maia Dunphy is worried that her upcoming TV project with her husband will prove to be far from a hit.

The What Women Want host will put her marriage to the test when she and funnyman Johnny Vegas take part in the All Star Mr & Mrs quiz on ITV.

Dunphy and her other half will follow in the footsteps of other celebrity couples such as Saturdays star Una Healy and rugby player husband Ben Foden.

However, Dubliner Dunphy said she and Vegas are at a disadvantage – because they do not live together.

Although they have been married for two years, the couple are still based in different countries as his career sees him located in the UK while she is going from strength to strength with RTE at home.

"It'll be good fun," Dunphy told the Herald, "but I'm a bit worried we won't do as well as I'd like because we don't live together full time.

"Because of that, all the little habits and quirks that can annoy other couples may not bother us as much."

Dunphy also intends to school up on her husband to ensure she has some comebacks ready in case he decides to act the joker.


"I'm worried Johnny will crack out some embarrassing stuff about me, so I'm trying to make sure I have some mildly humiliating tales about him in my arsenal," she said.

Former Westlife star Brian McFadden and his model wife Vogue Williams are among the competitors in the mix when the episodes air later this year.

The show, hosted by Phillip Schofield, also includes actor David Hasselhoff, boy band star Danny Jones from McFly and former England rugby player Ben Cohen. The couples compete to win more than €35,000 for their chosen charity.

Dunphy said she and Vegas have no preference about who they would like to face on the show.

"We don't mind who we're up against – preferably a couple on the rocks who know nothing about each other so we'll win!" she joked.

Dunphy was thrilled that RTE has re-commissioned a second series of What Women Want, which explores issues such as sex, ageing and anxiety.

She is hoping to begin research this month, and said viewers can expect much more discussion about sex this time around.