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The exceptional documentary film, Amy, won Best Documentary Film at the Oscars last weekend but there was one person who was not at all happy about it. 

Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late Amy Winehouse who is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary, has been vocal about his criticisms of the film ever since the movie came out. 

And it seems his views have not changed despite the piece scooping up a gong at the prestigious awards ceremony. 

In awkward scenes on the Today Show, Mitch spoke via video-link to hosts Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé but he was not in the best of moods. 

First he was not exactly impressed that the presenters had not taken the time to watch the movie before having a go at their interviewing technique. 

"Are you gonna let me speak? You keep talking across me?"

We reckon there may have been a few second delay on the video coming through to the studio but it still made for a pretty awkward interview. 

Watch footage below:




The Rose of Tralee may be a festival steeped in longstanding tradition, but it seems the iconic Irish pageant is receiving a bit of a facelift this year. 

Dedicated viewers will be pleased the hear that the traditionally five day festival has been expanded into a seven day festival. 

Therefore, there will be three televised nights instead of two.


Traditionally, the selection process to whittle down potential Roses from the 68 selection centres to the final 32 took place in Portlaoise in May. 

However, in this new extended format, RTÉ will broadcast a documentary featuring all 68 selected roses and reveal who has made it to the live final on the Sunday before the usual televised shows.

This means that all 68 roses will travel to Tralee in August and the documentary will chart their journey to the festival. 

Speaking on the Nicky Byrne Show today, Dáithí Ó Sé commented on the popularity of the festival despite always getting slagged off. 

"People have been knocking it for a long time but now everybody’s watching it."

"The social media part of it is unbelievable, we had two people in charge of social media last year for the first time ever,” he explained."

“They had Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, the whole thing and it was absolutely unbelievable.

Meanwhile reigning rose, Elysha Brennan has been doing her duty travelling the length and breadth of the country encouraging women to take part. 

"It is a testament to how big and successful the festival is that RTÉ is putting on an extra night,” said the winning Meath Rose. 

"What other show in Ireland gets three nights on RTÉ?"

The first televised night of the festival is due to air on Sunday 21 August. 



Yesterday saw the official launch of the Rose of Tralee with a photo shoot involving all of the contestants and Daithí O' Sé himself. Unfortunately things didn't end to well for poor Daithí.

In an attempt to create an absolutely gas photo of the roses holding Daithí up, they somehow lost their grip and the presenter landed on his backside. 

We feel a bit bad for him, but we can't help absolutely laugh our heads off watching the clip, as did the rest of the country when it was on the nine o' clock news on RTÉ last night. 

But it seems Daithí might not have taken the fall too badly, earlier in the day in an interview with The Sun, he said: "If you do make a boo-boo, who cares? Actually, the people at home kind of like it, anyway! It's a bit of fun."