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If you – like us – have been waiting with bated breath to get a peek at the peeps allowing TV3 into their living rooms for our viewing pleasure, the wait is now over.

Ahead of the show's launch this Thursday and in effort to keep us ticking over before the big moment, TV3 have introduced a few of their chosen telly addicts, and now we're even more excited.

First up are the Gruffertys from Co. Kildare.

Des, Laura, their daughter Danielle and the family's two Jack Russells might just be Ireland's answer to the McCormicks.

Next on the list are Aga and Szymon.

Originally from Poland, the couple met in college 16 years ago, and here's hoping they fill the void left in our hearts by Steph and Dom.

And finally we have mates Jamie, Lindsay, Ashley and Grainne from Cabra in Dublin.

Friends since childhood and die-hard reality show fans, something tells us we're going to love these ladies.

Let the slobbing out begin!


It’s been less than a week since the news broke that Aisling O’Loughlin, Lisa Cannon and Peter O’Riordan will not be returning to TV3’s Xposé.

And while Lisa has already revealed that she will be adopting a new role within the same station, it has now been suggested that Aisling could be headed down a different route altogether.

According to The Irish Sun, the mother of three is now seeking “independent advice” in relation to being cut from the show while away on maternity leave.



My new fav French label @graceandmila Little souvenir from my holibobs!

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A source told the paper that Aisling and Lisa “were both more than ready for a change” but that the way the situation was handled was “all wrong”.

It has been reported that Cassie Stokes and Ruth O’Neill – who both joined the show this year – are now “replacing” Lisa and Aisling as presenters.

A Sun source said: “Cassie and Ruth were supposed to be covering maternity leave for Karen and Aisling.”

“But it now looks like they are replacing Lisa and Aisling.”



And we're on… Braids my nod to @khloekardashian courtesy of @bombshell.ie #fridayfeeling #braids

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In comparison with his now cut female co-stars – who have both been with the hit entertainment series for almost a decade – Peter O’Riordan is relatively new to the show.

The Cork native joined the team from TMZ two years ago.



The girls arrive at #TV3Autumn16! @officialbrownthomas @brownsugardub

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Aisling O'Loughlin has revealed she will not be returning to our Xposé TV screens.

The mum-of-three, who just gave birth to her third child this year, has said she will not be making a comeback and needs to figure out what's coming up next.

"I probably won't be returning back to Xposé," she told Goss.ie.

"I have a bit of figuring out to do, but I'll take it all in my own good time. It will all come out soon.

"I can't say much just yet, but I will let official Xposé say it,"she added.


It looks like Ireland won't be able to enjoy watching people make anymore yummy cakes because The Great Irish Bake Off has just been cancelled.

TV3 has decided to axe the show after three seasons, saying that it has had it's run.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, an insider said: "Every show has a run and this was just it.

"That's not to say that down the line we won't have a rethink and come back to it.

"But for now it is not being brought back for a fourth series."

The source added: "TV3 is extremely proud of its commitment to making excellent cookery programmes."

We suppose there's still the UK version…



It looks like congratulations are in order following the news that popular TV3 presenter, Anna Daly, is expecting her third child.

The TV3 presenter already has two children, four-years-old James and two-year-old Euan

The exciting news was revealed on social media via Anna's weekend show's Twitter page:

The tweet read: "It's official, we're getting a #SaturdayAM baby! (Technically @daly_anna is having the baby). But we've to put up with the morning sickness!"

The congratulation messages have already poured in on social media.

We can't wait to see her blossoming family with a new baby!



TV presenter and former model Glenda Gilson has absolutely no qualms about turning 35. 

In fact, she has never felt better as she revealed that she got less worried about her looks as she aged. 

"You're not doubting yourself [anymore]- that's age I suppose," said the Xposé presenter to the Mirror. 

"I think as you get older you don't care. When I was younger I would be thinking 'oh God, I've no make-up on' or 'my hair isn't done.' "

The stunning presenter reckons that times have changed and having a more natural look is now in fashion, rather then being done-up all the time. 

"I see girls that I started working with, models who have their businesses now, and they're the same.

"They've no make-up on and they've their hair up in a bun and they're natural beauties. You just don't think too much about it all now."

Glenda spent her birthday weekend in Kerry with husband Rob MacNaughton. 



Leap Day wasn't all about the proposal news it seems – there was some very exciting baby news too.

Xposé presenter Karen Koster welcomed her second son yesterday, February 29, meaning her new arrival will technically only get to celebrate his "birthday" every four years.

Karen and her husband of three years John McGuire seem to be making a habit of welcoming their children on significant dates. Their first son Finn was born on New Year's Eve, 2014, as John mentioned when making the happy birth announcement on Twitter just now.

"John James McGuire was born yest on leap day, that's NYE and the leap day done," he joked. "Going for Xmass and Paddies day next, then we'll stop kissin."

After waiting until late October – four months into her second pregnancy – to confirm the news, Karen admitted that it was tough keeping it under wraps.

"I’m absolutely over the moon," the 35-year-old told The Irish Mirror at the time.

"I feel like I’ve been keeping a secret. It is such a relief to finally tell people and get my belly out."

Although she said she felt "blessed" to be expecting again, Karen admitted she had some new worries this time around.

"I know now that I can survive the night feeds and all the labour and that gory stuff.

"But now my worries are more like, 'How am I going to go to the bathroom when I have a baby who wants his bottle and I’ve Finn wobbling around?'"

Well, she's about to find out! Congrats to Karen, John and big brother Finn.


It seems like it's not all rainbows and sunshine for Louis Walsh as he has been rejected by TV3 for his Ireland's Got Talent idea.

The music manager is very eager to set up the show, following the success of Britain's Got Talent in the past few years.

TV3 boss, Lynda McQuaid confirmed to the Irish Independant that she spoke with Louis and heard him out, but ultimately rejected the idea.

“We’ve had a long debate, myself and Louis. But I don’t think Ireland’s Got Talent is very TV3, I don’t think it would work,” she said.

“I don’t think we have a culture of working men’s clubs, which is where it came out of,” she told the paper.

“My feeling is that an Ireland’s Got Talent would start to feel very parochial, very quickly. So it’s been ruled out," she admitted.

“He’s not happy about that, because that’s the one he really wants to do – he thinks that the talent is out there.”

Sorry Louis, its seems like your time may have passed. 



They may be competitors, but it seems that these two Irish television channels have no problem 'borrowing' ideas from one another. 

Reports circulated yesterday that TV3 and RTE are at loggerheads over the use of the same music to promote the channels top two soaps, Red Rock and Fair City. 

TV3 has accused to state broadcaster of robbing the music used to promote their soap in a new Fair City Christmas special advertisement. 

The song in question, Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde, has also previously been used to promote the TV3 soap and now the channel are accusing RTE of stealing their creativity, a source has told the Irish Herald. 

"You know what they say – imitation is the highest form of flattery, so I guess we should be happy."

"Red Rock has really upped the ante in Irish soap land, so it can only be a good thing for the future."

However, an insider at RTE has said that the state broadcaster believes that TV3 has over reacted. 

"It's not like their theme music was taken – the song is really popular and is very well suited to dramatic themes, so that's why it was used."

The two soaps are said to be going head to head in hour long specials that are to be broadcast on Christmas Day. 

May the best soap win!


The next guest host set to front TV3's daily fashion and entertainment show is none other than model and reality star, Nicola Hughes. 

If you have been keeping up with the shenanigans in Made in Chelsea over the last two seasons, you will no doubt know Nicola as Alex Mytton's Irish girlfriend. 

And if the last few episodes are anything to go by, it seems there might be trouble in paradise for the attractive couple. 

However, Nicola's career in television continues to soar as the model has been picked up as a guest host for Xposé for three days starting tonight. 

Nicola made her TV debut on RTE's Series Exiles before heading over to make her mark on Chelsea. 

Already a longtime fan of the series, Nicola is chuffed to be joining the Xposé team. 

"I’ve seen working the red carpets over here in London so it’s really exciting to get the opportunity to work with them at home in Dublin."

And it seems that TV3 are also excited to have her. 

"Nicola is building her profile in the UK and is a big fan of Xposé. Her following on Instagram is testament to her growing popularity," says producer of the show, Daniel Readman.

We know Nicola is well able to cause a fight on reality TV, but we can't wait to see how she does as a presenter. 



Gone are the days when we'd wait with bated breath for the Christmas RTÉ Guide to find out what we'd be settling down to on TV that year.

Now, the listings are announced online too, and if you don't find the film you're looking for, well, there's always box sets, Netflix and more box sets.

Luckily though, our favourite Irish TV channels have come up trumps this year, and we reckon we'll be glued to the telly on those chilly Christmas nights.

Here's what you can look forward to…

Brand New Movies

Gravity, RTÉ One, Christmas Eve


Oz The Great & Powerful, RTÉ One, Christmas Day


Anchorman 2, RTÉ2


Lincoln, RTÉ One, St Stephen's Day


Les Miserables, RTÉ One, St Stephen's Day


One Direction: This Is Us, RTÉ2


The Classics

Home Alone 2, RTÉ One


Up, RTÉ One


The Commitments, TV3


The Quiet Man, RTÉ One


It's A Wonderful Life, RTÉ One




And a special mention…

Queen Of Ireland Christmas Message, Christmas Day, TV3

Ireland's honourary Queen of Ireland will take to our screens on Christmas Day afternoon to share her vision of 2016 with us. Even though it's long before the watershed we reckon there'll be a few risqué jokes in there. It is Panti Bliss after all.



On the back of its successful coverage of the Rugby World Cup, TV3 has now also secured the rights to the 6 Nations contest from 2018 until 2021 – nabbing the deal from RTÉ.

It's a major coup for independent broadcaster – and a serious blow for Montrose.

CEO of 6 Nations Rugby John Feehan said today: "TV3's coverage of Rugby World Cup was very successful and we believe that they will inject new and exciting ideas in the broadcasting of the 6 Nations Championship."

The sporting competition will still be broadcast on RTÉ next year and in 2017 while the current contract runs out. 

In a statement, RTÉ admitted the news was "extremely disappointing".

"We have a long and proud tradition of showcasing the 6 Nations and putting our heart and soul into our coverage.

"We want to assure the Irish public that every possible effort was made by RTÉ to retain these rights."

Rugby remains a hugely popular spectacle in this country: over the last two years viewership in Ireland has averaged more than 400,000 per 6 Nations match.