Saturday 20 January 2018

Kathryn hits bum note with viewers over 'ill-fitting' dress

Kathryn in the Self Portrait dress on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Kathryn in the Self Portrait dress on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Kathryn in the Self Portrait dress on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Rachel Stevens on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien/RTE

Kathryn Thomas has joked about her "Judy Finnigan moment" after wearing a revealing dress on The Voice of Ireland.

The RTE presenter turned heads on the first live show in a navy dress by Self Portrait from BT2 that had cut-out panels to show off her toned mid-riff.

But the popular presenter's choice of ensemble hit a bum note with some viewers as they remarked in their droves on her risque outfit.

One said that her dress was "not appropriate for family viewing" at 6.30pm while another said she had "too much flesh showing".

Another went a step further and said: "What's the story with the ill-fitting dress and the Sharon Stone hair?"

However, Kathryn has laughed off the criticism, and said that it doesn't bother her after 10 years of being in the public eye.

"There was a fear that my dress was going to go south, that I was going to have a Judy Finnigan moment," she said referring to UK TV host Judy Finnigan's wardrobe malfunction at the National Television Awards in 2000 when she accidentally exposed her bra.

"Maybe there wasn't enough for the dress to hold on to. That could have been it."

She said while the comments on social media didn't affect her, she thought it was inappropriate to attack her team.

"I think when people have a go at you on Twitter, I just get more defensive for the people I work with because at the end of the day, I won't go out in anything that I'm not comfortable in," she said.

"I loved the dress, I loved the hair, I loved the make-up and if some people don't like it, they don't like it.

"You're never going to please everybody all of the time and if you did, it would be sort of boring."

She told TV3's 7 O'Clock Show how she "loved" her Sharon Stone hair.

This year sees Roxanne Parker taking over the role of show stylist and is responsible for dressing Kathryn, Una Healy and Rachel Stevens.


But despite the comments on social media, RTE confirmed it didn't receive any official complaints about the ensemble.

Speaking about the reaction to her dazzling outfit, Kathryn told the Herald how this Sunday's dress will be "just as fab - but with a higher neckline".

She recently finished filming Operation Transformation and was straight into fronting the live Voice of Ireland programmes.

Once filming ends next month, she'll head down to Kerry to oversee some of her Pure Results bootcamp courses at Parknasilla.

She's running an Easter detox weekend from April 1 as well as a Singles' week in May for fit-loving singletons.

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