Kathryn Thomas - I'm happy to enjoy Style awards without the pressure
BROADCASTER Kathryn Thomas will walk the red carpet on the arm of her boyfriend at this year's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards.
The RTE host told the Herald that she can't wait to bring her man, Padraig McLoughlin, to the star-studded bash tonight -- in what will be their first time attending as a couple.
The 35-year-old started dating the restaurateur last year and they rarely pose together for the cameras at events.
"He's coming and I'm really looking forward to the night, it's always a bit of craic," the Carlow native said.
Thomas also insisted there was little stress this time around in deciding what to wear -- as she's not worried about getting up on stage to accept an award.
The RTE star, who turned out yesterday to launch the Westbury Hotel's new Café Novo breakfast menu devised by her trainers at her popular gym, took home the gong for Most Stylish Woman last year at the awards.
"The pressure is off and I can wander off in my tracksuit from here on in," she said.
Thomas also responded to her Voice of Ireland colleague Kian Egan's comments about the "parochial" voting system on the music competition.
"I think Kian was sort of telling people to vote in Donegal so he knows how the whole thing works and then he was annoyed that people voted for Jamie in Cork as opposed to Jay," she said.
"But look -- that is the way it works. I still think the strongest singers are still in the competition. Ireland has always voted like that and we know that the Dubs don't generally vote in the same way they do in other counties."
Thomas continued: "The coaches have 50pc of the vote and they are quite instrumental about how the votes can change, so that's their job as coaches to award the points that they feel should be award.
"And I think that's why Kian got annoyed when Bressie only gave Jay a seven, when Kian thought he deserved more than that so things got a little heated -- it is disappointing for Kian that he has nobody in the final, but that's the way it goes."
There have been comments made on Twitter that the RTE and BBC versions of The Voice are not of the same standard.
But Thomas insisted that she thinks the Irish show is superior.
"I think our production levels are better than the Voice UK and I certainly think that the standard has been better this year than any other year.
"That's being really honest," she said.
"I think from a production point of view and the budget that we have it is a phenomenal production."