'MasterChef was dramatic and a whole lot of fun', says singer Niamh
Niamh Kavanagh says there was "a lot of drama" on Celebrity MasterChef as the intensity of the competition took its toll.
The former Eurovision singer (48) took part in the cook-off alongside the likes of Samantha Mumba, Sonia O'Sullivan, Simon Delaney and Mundy.
"There was a lot of drama when you're in the process of creating things. When we didn't achieve something, it was difficult," she told the Herald.
"It was really intense while it was happening and it was difficult when people were leaving, weirdly. It didn't seem like it would be a hard thing, but it kind of was. The highs and lows of it were all over the place."
Judge Robin Gill revealed there was "plenty of emotion" as the weeks of the competition went on.
"The skill level of the guys was both shocking and surprisingly good, there were major ups and devastating downs and plenty of emotion, but what made it really great was that every one of them forgot who they were once the apron went on and gave it their best shot," he said.
Niamh found the show to be a completely different experience to what she had been expecting.
The singer reckons she may come across as a "muppet" on the first episode as the show was a completely new experience for her.
"In the first episode, I'm like a muppet because I was so out of my comfort zone. I've never really done anything like that. I've always done things that are around singing," she said.
Niamh got on very well with her fellow contestants and was surprised to find she felt upset when people got given the boot.
"They spent a lot of time showing us things and willing us to do it well. It was very heart-warming," she said. "I don't know if it will come across - we will have to see - but there was a lot of love in the room."
Celebrity MasterChef airs on TV3 on January 16 at 9pm.