RTE weather presenter Nuala Carey has hit back at critics of the Rose of Tralee pageant.
The annual contest sees dozens of young women from around Ireland and the world competing for the coveted crown, and, in recent years, it has been hit with accusations of being an outdated concept.
But Carey, who will be on the judging panel this year, says that the public interest in indicative of its relevance today.
“I know people snigger at it, but over a million people watch it every year, they’re overrun with girls interested in being part of it," Nuala told Woman's Way magazine.
“You’re interviewing 50 girls and I’m very conscious 49 girls will go home disappointed. The standard is high, they are so well rounded with degrees coming out their ears, very good people.”
The annual contest, which is now in its 55th years, is hosted by Daithi O Se and will kick off once again from August 15th-19th.
Meanwhile, the popular broadcaster also said her ultimate ambition was a job with the state broadcaster.
The autumn looks are already hitting the shop floor and I ask if she’ll be buying into this year’s trends or sticking with classic pieces. “I know what suits me and what doesn’t. Block colours tend to suit me, with a little bit of bling to liven it up. I stick to very high street”
“When I was in school I always wanted to work in RTÉ and I did my work experience there and I really enjoyed it, I just liked the atmosphere, I liked the place," she added in conversation with the magazine.