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Friday 9 December 2016

Celebrity Diary with Kathryn Thomas: 'I'm all over the country in the next few days'

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Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Rachel Stevens
Kathryn Thomas

It's been a busy few days as I'm packing up to move to Cork for the next six weeks to run my new bootcamp, Pure Fitness.

We spent the last year getting everything sorted from sourcing a location to putting together our team of nutritionists, trainers and coaches.

I travelled the country looking for the right location but when I found Inish Beg and drove over the bridge, I instantly knew it was the right one.

I travelled down to Cork last night and I'm really excited because my first clients arrive today.

The first week is sold out and over the next six weeks we have people of all ages coming down from a 16-year-old girl with her mam to a 71-year-old woman.

People are coming from all across the country and while many of them are coming for weight loss reasons, others like the idea of a healthy holiday with clean food in the gorgeous setting of west Cork.

I also filled in for Ray D'Arcy on RTE Radio 1 earlier this week, which was great fun and I had a brilliant time working with Will Hanafin in studio as well.

Then tomorrow, I'll be back up Dublin to prepare for the semi-finals of The Voice - very exciting.

 

Fun skit for Voice finale is truly bonkers

We're nearing the end of the Voice of Ireland with the semi-final on Sunday but we're going to be filming a piece for the final tomorrow.

It's a piece with me, Eoghan McDermott and the coaches and it's a little bonkers but they want to play it out for the final.

Let's just say it's involves a lot of costume changes, all of us trying to go somewhere in a car plus lots of singing and dancing - neither of which I'm good at - but I think it will be really good fun.

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As the contestants are getting whittled down each week, I think it's been really tough on the judges to choose between the acts.

I think Rachel (right) and Una might be finding it a little harder than the boys because Kian and Bressie have been doing it for years.

I can't imagine how tough it must be for them to choose between such talented artists and I have to say I was shocked when Niall O'Halloran went home last weekend.

I also think it's hilarious that Kian has two metal-heads left on his team - who'd have thought that?

 

It's really flattering that my clothes get attention

There is always a lot of interest about what I wear on The Voice and I have to say it's really flattering, but my stylist Ingrid Hoey is incredible.

She is great at coming up with new ideas and it's nice if my looks inspire what people buy or what clothes they go for.

I think it's really important to wear things that are affordable and to promote Irish designers where we can.

This weekend, I'm wearing Irish designer Umit Kuluk and he's just incredible, so I'm really excited about that.

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I think it's important to support Irish designers, particularly start-ups, because since starting my own business I understand what's involved and it's tough going.

I feel confident in my business because I feel we have such a good team at Pure Fitness and that's half the battle.

The Great Outdoors have come on as my sponsor as well so they've been kitting me out with all the gear I'll need for the next month or so.

Once the six weeks are over, I'll be taking a week or 10 days off to myself and then work out what I'm up to at RTE for the summer.

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