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Monday 20 August 2018

There's no rivalry between Grainne and me, insists Sile

Sile Seoige has dismissed rumours of sibling rivalry between her and older sister Grainne ahead of her new TV show's debut next Sunday.

The bubbly brunette, whose TG4 talent series Feis And Blood clashes with Grainne's All Ireland Talent Show, insists she had no idea what slot the programme would occupy when she first signed up to host the Irish language show.

"Obviously there's no rivalry between myself and Grainne. I mean, we'll always be supportive of each other no matter what, that's the way we are," Sile told the Diary.

"I didn't necessarily pick her brains because I've presented live telly before and an entertainment series, but of course she was there for me.

"We don't really talk about work when we see each other because I don't see her during the week now so we're generally too busy catching up on other things."

Sile (31) was an adviser on the RTE show alongside judge Daithi O Se this year.

"In terms of the All Ireland Talent Show, I've always been a fan and I was in part responsible for the acts from the west. I'm tuning in every week."

Sile's new series aims to find a new superstar family and invites aspiring candidates to show off their skills, whether it's singing, dancing, playing music or otherwise.

The Galway presenter will join a panel of three judges which includes former host of RTE'S The Lyrics Board Aonghus McAnally, as well as Sibeal Davitt and Padraig O Se.

The glamorous gaeilgeoir is also due to make her debut on TG4's Feirm Factor next Sunday alongside popular presenter Maura Derrane.

Sile explained how she thoroughly enjoyed working with the Four Live host when she joined the

panel as a guest judge during the summer.

According to the Newstalk radio presenter: "It was great fun. Maura's great craic. I really think she's brilliant.

"Basically, I was a judge on a fun task where all the contestants were blindfolded and asked to taste different foods including food, meat, fruit and veg.

"I would have been a big fan of the series and I'm delighted to hear that its been nominated for an IFTA this year," she added.

The busy presenter will also feature in a one-off documentary programme following her and fellow RTE colleagues Kathryn Thomas and Jenny Buckley on their Kilimanjaro trek last year.

Viewers can look forward to seeing the trio's highs and lows as they battle altitude sickness and icy conditions in order to reach the summit and raise funds in aid of Crumlin's Children's Hospital when the show airs next month.

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