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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Laura adds more Irish sparkle to BBC's eurovision song show

WE HAVE won it seven times, so it's hardly surprising that the BBC want to add an Irish touch to their Eurovision coverage.

Comic host Graham Norton has been a regular presenter of the broadcaster's live coverage of the song contest in recent years and Limerick's Terry Wogan for many years before that.

Now, the UK broadcaster has added another familiar Irish name to the mix – Laura Whitmore.

The Bray starlet has confirmed that she will travel to Copenhagen next month to cover the Eurovison for BBC Three.

It is a busy time for the 28-year-old, who will hit the US for the popular Coachella Music Festival next week, before heading to Denmark.

"I am going to LA next Wednesday and I will be there for a couple of weeks," said the London-based presenter. "Then I am going to be in Copenhagen and I am doing some bits for BBC Three for the Eurovision so that will be pretty cool," she told the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1 yesterday.

"It's a tough life."

While Laura is flying the flag for the BBC, Dubliner Kasey Smith and group Can-Linn, mentored by Hazel Kaneswaran, will represent Ireland at the song contest, with the live finals on May 10.

MTV host Laura is back on Irish shores ahead of her hosting duties with actor Simon Delaney at tonight's IFTAS and said she has yet to choose an outfit. "But I will be wearing a dress and there will be an Irish element in there," she said. "I am taking my mum and a couple of friends to the IFTAs – she is dying to go."

Laura appears to be in Dublin without her rumoured other-half, singer Paolo Nutini. Last month, Laura she was seen of Nutini's gigs in Dublin.

However, both have refused to comment on reports that they are a couple and Laura insisted that she attends gigs as part of her job.

"I'm not even going there," Laura said when asked about the romance rumours yesterday.

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