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Imelda May: 'I don't even want to be a TV presenter – but Ireland needs more music shows'


Imelda May has told how she’s been forced to ditch having a proper family life – to film her new RTE show.

The Rockabilly singer was delighted last night after the first episode of The Imelda May Show was aired, our take on Later… With Jools Holland.

But Imelda, whose baby Violet is just two-years-old, admitted he took a lot out of her to commit to making the series because of a need for more Irish music – even if she doesn’t want to be a TV presenter.

She added: “I just don’t take days off, but it’s worth doing it and I think it needs to be done. I’m interested to see what the reaction to the show is like.”

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And Imelda revealed that while filming the series, and while off on tour, she has to bring the young tot with her at all times.

She said: “Like all working mothers, I’ve my baby under my arms during it all. But I’m lucky that I can bring her with me and she’s absolutely loving it.

“It’s not unusual for her, she just goes with the flow and no matter where we are we make sure to do fun things with her – she’s having a ball.”

But Imelda felt she couldn’t turn down the RTE show because of a need for more music – even if presenting isn’t what she wants to do.

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“This is not what I do, TV presenting, and I’m still not necessarily sure it’s what I want to be doing – but I do want to see more Irish music on Irish television and I’m very passionate about that,” she told the RTE Guide.

“There’s nowhere really for bands and musicians to go other than Other Voices, which is brilliant, but it is a short series and there needs to be a proper long-running music show.

“I’m not doing a presenter’s interview with the acts, I’m more having a chat with them because I know how it feels to be questioned and grilled.

“I’m not looking to dig deep or find out things about their personal life. I don’t care about that, I just want to know why they make their album, or their passions.”