Is there trouble ahead for TV3’s Xposé?

A ratings battle is ahead for TV3 and RTÉ, but who will come out on top?

Rumours of a new RTÉ entertainment show have been widely circulated this week, and though nothing has been confirmed by the national broadcaster as yet, it sounds like TV3's Xposé could have a hard time ahead.

The new show, named Bounce, has reportedly been commissioned by RTÉ for next season and will feature Nadia Forde and Madeline Mulqueen at the helm along with Voice of Ireland host Eoghan McDermott.

Bounce will also apparently feature red carpet coverage from London and even LA with the help of former RTÉ TWO Elev8 presenter Diana Bunici, and model Roz Lipsett.

Diana recently relocated to London

The show is set to air at least twice a week and it's thought the pilot episode could be filmed as soon as next month.

As currently the only live Irish entertainment show airing in the 6pm – 7pm time slot, Xposé has long been one of TV3's most successful outputs, but it's remains to be seen how it will fare with another Irish competitor offering a similar show.

TV3 was already forced to revamp its entire evening schedule when UTV Ireland launched at the beginning of this year, taking with it Coronation Street and Emmerdale as well as exclusive rights to The Graham Norton Show.

Despite the hype, Xposé presenter Lisa Cannon says the team are "not worried at all" about Bounce's effect on ratings.

"It’s always been on the cards that it was going to happen," she told Evoke.ie. "Xposé is well established and has been at the forefront of entertainment for the guts of a decade, so I certainly don’t think that will change."

This is not the first time RTÉ have launched a live show in direct competition with one of TV3's offerings. Back in 2013, Morning Edition was launched during the same time slot as TV3's long-running show Ireland AM, but it was cancelled late last year.

So does Bounce stand a chance? We'll have to wait and see…

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