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Saturday 18 November 2017

And the winners are ...

Lorna Nolan on who’s in line for gongs at the TV Now Awards?

MOST GLAMOROUS TV STAR

All eyes will be on Brian O'Driscoll's ex, Glenda Gilson, in this category when she takes on his fiancee, actress Amy Huberman, in the battle to be crowned Ireland's Most Glamorous TV star.

Other hopefuls include Ryan Tubridy's love, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, Corrie's Kym Marsh, Emmerdale star Alison King, TV3's Apprentice Jackie Lavin and Off the Rails presenter Sonya Lennon.

WHO SHOULD WIN: The impeccably heeled and classy Clinic star, Victoria Smurfit.

WHO WILL WIN: Bride-to-be Amy Huberman. Let's just hope Glenda, who is co-hosting the show, hasn't been lined up to present her with it.

FAVOURITE FEMALE TV STAR

Competition will be fierce among The Afternoon Show gang in this category with current presenters Maura Derrane and Sheana Keane both nominated individually.

The pair will go head to head with Sheana's former co-host, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, who has been nominated for RTE's The All Ireland Talent Show. This will mark the first time both ladies will be in attendance at a high-profile event since their alleged bullying incident.

Others in the shake up are Colette Fitzpatrick, Miriam O'Callaghan and Grainne Seoige.

WHO SHOULD WIN? The beautiful and bubbly Kathryn Thomas seems to be a class apart, despite her No Frontiers show being axed.

WHO WILL WIN? Despite her Twitter-gate faux pas, it seems we cannot get enough of Miriam O'Callaghan.

FAVOURITE MALE TV PRESENTER

IT'S the battle of TV3 versus RTE in this category as some of television's biggest male stars go head to head for the coveted gong.

With four personalities from each station short-listed in the category, competition will be fierce between the National Broadcaster's hopeful candidates -- Ryan Tubridy, Daithi O Se and Marty Whelan; and their rivals over in Ballymount -- Mark Cagney, Alan Hughes, Martin King and Bill Cullen as they all vie for the career-changing title.

Just weeks after picking up his gong last year, Ryan Tubridy was handed the reins of the longest running chatshow on television, The Late Late Show, beating off stiff competition from late broadcaster Gerry Ryan and Prime Time's Miriam O'Callaghan.

WHO SHOULD WIN? Ryan Tubridy has proven himself to be the most talented television presenter in the land, thanks to a comfortable screen presence and appealing wit.

WHO WILL WIN? We have a hunch that Gerry Ryan's children will be presented with a gong, and this could be the one.

FAVOURITE NEWS/CURRENT AFFAIRS PRESENTER

WE were surprised in the Herald to note that two of our most glamorous and best known news anchors, Sharon Ni Bheolain and Colette Fitzpatrick, hadn't made the shortlist for this category.

Nonetheless, voters had no shortage of talent to choose from when it came to picking the nation's favourite newsreader or current affairs personality.

With a non-stop stream of doom and gloom making the headlines over the past 12 months, it certainly hasn't been the easiest job in the world.

WHO SHOULD HAVE WON: Colette Fitzpatrick. We were surprised to see that one of TV3's brightest and most talented stars failed to make the grade in this category and that's why we're giving Herald columnist Colette Fitzpatrick our vote for who we think should have won.

WHO WILL WIN: Anne Doyle -- the undisputed queen of the TVNow Awards when it comes to the category of Favourite News and Current Affairs Presenter, and it looks like this year will be no different for RTE news anchor.

FAVOURITE WEATHER PRESENTER

IT'S been a thankless job for our weather presenters over the past 12 months, as day after day they took to the studio to inform us first of the torrential downpours which led to widespread flooding across the country, before later the deep freeze kicked in.

Just like the rest of us, they'll be looking for a little sunshine in their lives tomorrow night when they battle it out for the title of Ireland's Favourite Weather Presenter.

Last year's winner, Evelyn Cusack, will be facing stiff competition as she goes up against her RTE colleagues Jean Byrne and John Eagleton.

Other contenders include TG4's Sinead Ni Loideain, Ursula Bracken and Anna Daly.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Ursula Bracken. Across the airwaves the glamorous blonde has been busy making a name for herself as one of RTE's most popular weather presenters.

WHO WILL WIN: Anna Daly. She has built quite the media profile since making the jump from her job in the marketing department at TV3 to presenting the weather.

FAVOURITE IRISH TV SHOW

THE gang on Ireland AM are set to be disappointed by missing out on a three in a row tomorrow night when they battle it out for the title of Favourite Irish TV Show.

Nominees include The Afternoon Show, Ireland AM, The Late Late Show, Midday, Off the Rails, The Saturday Night Show, Winning Streak and Xpose.

WHAT SHOULD WIN: The Late Late Show -- back to its best since the departure of Gay Byrne.

WHAT WILL WIN: Xpose. At last year's Walkers TVNow ceremony, the then front-woman of Xpose, Lorraine Keane, hosted the star-studded event, only to quit her high profile job days later.

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