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Bressie said he was "s******g it" ahead of his first presenting gig

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Bressie says he's looking forward to the mix of music and conversation on RTE One's Soundtrack to My Life

Bressie says he's looking forward to the mix of music and conversation on RTE One's Soundtrack to My Life

Bressie says he's looking forward to the mix of music and conversation on RTE One's Soundtrack to My Life

Niall Breslin has spoken of his first-night nerves as he prepares to host a new music and chat show tonight.

Soundtrack to My Life kicks off on RTÉ One tonight, with former Eurovision star Johnny Logan performing and speaking about the music that has most impacted him.

The artists featured on the show get to perform and collaborate with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Admitting he was nervous despite having been a judge on The Voice of Ireland, Bressie said: “It's my first job presenting and I was sh****** it to be perfectly honest.”

But he added that the blend of music and personal conversation was something he wanted to explore.

“I really enjoyed doing The Voice but after five years the kind of formulaic idea of entertainment television, I found difficult. When you were searching for things to say, that's not a good sign," he said in an interview with RTÉ Entertainment.

“I much prefer the idea of something like this which is a bit more interview-based, it’s up to you to have the chat and what you want to talk about. I’m immensely interested in people, I always have been, with the podcasts I interview people week in, week out.”

He told how he, Johnny Logan and others speak about the hard times musicians and performers have had to cope with in the last eighteen months.

“In some of the episodes, it got quite emotional. People have had a really difficult time, especially musicians,” said Bressie.

"When they actually get an opportunity to perform at any level, whether it’s with an orchestra, whether it’s on a stage, it’s quite overwhelming,” he added.

Bressie also reflected on the personal challenges he faced during the pandemic so far.

“I let myself have the days where I just didn’t want to do anything. I expected them, and when they happened I didn’t fight them and I think that is what got me through it.”

Other guests who are set to feature on Soundtrack to My Life include James Vincent McMorrow and soprano Celine Byrne.

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