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No worries for Karen over TV Toy Show rivalry

TV3 Christmas Toy Show presenter Karen Koster doesn't feel the pressure to beat the competition on RTE.

The Xpose host will be taking on Ryan Tubridy with Brian McFadden this Friday - but Karen said she just wants everything to be smooth before she goes on maternity leave.

"I'm not really thinking about any rivalry. I'm more thinking about how I'll do, if I will do well," she said. "I finish up for maternity leave after the Toy Show, so if it goes really well I can go out on a high and if it doesn't, I can slink off and have my baby.

"But hopefully as Toy Shows were always fronted by men, as a girl I might add a different dimension to it," she added.

And Karen (34), who is expecting her first baby in December with her husband John McGuire, feels that TV3's version of the toy show will appeal to children a lot more.

"I love the whole angle for the show. I just seems more kid-friendly in that it's on earlier and there are kids in the audience," she said.

"And it's good to be working alongside Brian. I can't wait to get stuck in and see how we bounce off each other."


As she approaches her due date, Karen (inset) admits that she's been experiencing lots of cravings.

"I'm trying to limit myself because at one point I was worrying thinking I was going to get diabetes from all the orange juice and cake, but Aisling O'Loughlin just told me to listen to my body and what it wants," the blonde said.

"I've been having a slice of cake every day and I could down a gallon of juice in each sitting, but I'm not depriving myself.

"I'm honestly feeling so great that I'm probably going to end up in labour for a week," she added.