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New mum Evelyn relishes TV return - even just for one day

NEW mum, Evelyn O'Rourke has revealed how she was delighted to return to work for an impromptu gig judging the All Ireland Talent Show last weekend -- less than six weeks after giving birth to her first child.

The RTE star, who gave birth on December 2 to her 7lb 3oz baby, Oisin Brian McMahon, was drafted in at the last minute on Sunday to step in for regular judge, Boyzone's Shane Lynch.

The singer and Dublin judge could not make the show when all flights from London to Dublin were cancelled due to the snow.

But far from being annoyed about being called away from her maternity leave, albeit just for one day, popular media personality, Evelyn says the TV gig was an extremely welcome break.

"I got the call at around lunchtime that Shane just couldn't make it because of the weather," she told the Herald.

"He tried everything to get here and I know he was very disappointed to miss it but there was just no movement at any of the airports.

"I was absolutely delighted to do it, I see now that Shane has a hard job as peace-keeper sitting between the two women.

"But for me it made a nice change after being stuck at home for the last couple of weeks thanks to the weather.

Evelyn admits she was worried about baring her post pregnancy figure on the small screen so soon after giving birth, but had a lot of confidence in her hair dresser and make-up artist.

"I did kind of think, 'How the hell am I going to go out there with this extra weight?' but then I kind of figured it would be mostly head- and shoulder-shots, and I'd have my hair and make-up done to perfection so why not?

"Of course I was wearing the obligatory spanx as well.

"I'm going for the nine-months-on, nine-months-off rule. I won't be pushing myself too hard to lose the weight," she added.

Evelyn, was also heavily involved in picking the participants on this year's new series of Gerry Ryan's weight-loss programme, Operation Transformation.

The new mum says she can't wait to begin following the series this week and intends to model her own weight loss programme on that of Ann Naughton, a mother-of-one who lives in Cavan.