BRI’S EYE IS ON ROSE
Big Brother’s Brian Dowling has revealed his lifelong dream is to host the Rose of Tralee contest.
The 27-year-old said he wants to follow in the footsteps of former hosts Ryan Tulbridy, Marty Whelan and Gay Byrne.
And he admitted he is a huge fan of Today FM DJ Ray D’Arcy, who is set to host the Rose next month.
Brian told the Irish Sun: “I love Ray and am so jealous of his job.
“I listen to his radio show and would love to have a chance to present You’re A Star and the Rose of Tralee. I also used to watch The Den when Ray and Ian Dempsey were presenting it.”
Brian, who was born in Rathangan, Co Kildare, won the second series of Big Brother 2001.
He has since worked on various TV and radio shows including children’s programme SM:tv.
And last month he was voted the most popular Big Brother contestant of all time – beating transsexual Nadia Almada and ladette Kate Lawler. But he revealed he does not rate this year’s contestants very highly.
He said “I don’t really like anyone in particular but if I had to choose a winner I’d say it would be Makosi or Derek.”
Brian is getting pre-gig jitters about hosting the O2 In The Park gig with Fran Cosgrave.
“I’m a bit nervous about it but it should be great,” he said.
“I’m doing Party in the Park in Leeds this weekend so that should be good practice.”
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Fran – who also took part in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – said “I’m really excited about it. It’s going to be wicked.”
Yesterday the nightclub owner 26, and his co-presenter, Big Brother star Brian Dowling, gave the gig a boost – along with singer Hazel Kaneswaren.
Speaking to the Irish Sun – the official O2 In The Park paper – Fran said “It’ll also mean I can come home to Dublin for the whole weekend which will be great.
“I’ll probably even bring my two-year-old son Josh home with me so he can spend some time with his grandparents – my mam and dad.
“It’s his birthday before the gig so it’ll be celebrations all round.”
Organisers are staying tight-lipped about the line-up for August 27.
Last year top acts like Westlife, Girls Aloud and Brian McFadden played.
But camp presenter Brian 26, is already getting nervous about the 100,000 fans expected.
The Kildare BB2 winner said: “I’m really excited because this is my first gig in Ireland and it’s lovely to be doing something at home.
I’m a bit nervous about standing out in front of such a big crowd but I’m sure it will be fine.”