Saturday 18 November 2017

'The IFTAs were a catastrophe, so we can't do any worse than that' - VIP Style Awards host Brendan Courtney

Brendan Courtney
Brendan Courtney
Brendan Courtney, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Rosanna Davison, Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinnes during the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, Co Meath. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

He's gearing up to host the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards on Friday but Brendan Courtney is feeling no pressure – thanks to the disastrous IFTAs.

The Dubliner will take on MC duties for the second year running at the star-studded event this week and told the Herald he's been preparing his script for several weeks.

Off The Rails host Brendan said that while it will be nerve-wracking to have all eyes on him as he takes to the stage at the Marker Hotel, he's feeling confident.

“There are a couple of crackers thrown in my speech – I'll start off being nice and then end any comments with a slap,” he said. “It'll be broadcast on TV3 too, so my opening line has to be, ‘we're live on TV3 so please feel free to swear’.”

And the designer insisted there's no pressure on him to perform well.

“It's a good fun night – it's like the enfant terrible of the awards shows but our benchmark is the IFTAs and we cannot do any worse than that, so we're grand,” he laughed.

“I wasn't at the IFTAs so I shouldn't say that, but I've heard it was a catastrophe.

“The VIPs can be in its own way too, because it's like Christmas Eve – everybody gets really done up and then really drunk.

“People really look forward to it though and I like it because it also celebrates the make-up artists and the hair stylists, that's why I do it,” he said. “I really approve of it now.”

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney arrives at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

The fashion guru will be using the occasion, which will see the likes of Kathryn Thomas, Madeline Mulqueen and Jennifer Maguire turn out to showcase his colourful wardrobe.

“I'm going to have three costume changes,” he said.

“Last year I did five but people were having such a mad time they didn't notice. This year I'm walking out in a pink suit which I had made and then there'll be two more after that.”


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