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Monday 25 September 2017

Winegate helped me cook up a win -- Roz

Top model Rozanna Purcell (21) has revealed how the 'Winegate' spat between Brian Kennedy and Paul Martin helped her cook up a victory in Celebrity Come Dine With Me.

The canny beauty has admitted that while they were busy sticking the knife into each other, she was busy planning how to win the TV3 competition.

"It was kind of annoying and quite stressful because it went on all week long. It was like watching a tennis match. I'm used to things like that in my profession as it's not always sweetness and light with everyone," she said.

"But it was all tactical for me, I used it to my advantage. While they were busy fighting with each other, I was thinking about my night.

"This wasn't on camera, but there was a point at my party where they started fighting and I just said 'guys this is my dinner party, you're not allowed to fight. We're not going to talk about any of that stuff.'

"And they said okay. It was sad that they didn't make up at the end of the week, but it was fairly obviously they were never going to."

The former Miss Universe Ireland, who's signed to Donald Trump's New York agency, said she relished her first TV show and would love to do more, if the right opportunities came her way.

"It was a big learning curve for me. It's great, because you get to show your personality and unfortunately with modelling, you can't really do that," she added.

"I wanted to prove that models do have personalities and they do have a fun side and I don't take myself too seriously. The only thing I hated was watching myself back and hearing me talk. I speak so fast, I think I need subtitles in some parts!







Wrecked

"It was a great experience and the whole crew were lovely. They said that out of the 800 episodes they have made, they would rate it among the top three shows so they couldn't have asked for better entertainment."

Yet she admits that five consecutive late nights of eating and drinking took its toll on her.

"I was absolutely wrecked by the end of the week because I was doing photoshoots in between all the filming as well, so by Saturday, I could barely get out of bed," she said.

She will now donate her €5,000 win to the charity of her choice, the Make a Wish Foundation. The series is set to air on Channel 4 later on in the year.

mfinn@herald.ie

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