Lisa McHugh talks about taking herself out of her own comfort zone for the second series of On The Road with Lisa on Irish TV
Glasgow-born singer Lisa McHugh is delighted now filming is finished for her latest Irish TV series. On The Road with Lisa proved to be a huge hit with the channel’s audience last year as Lisa met a vast array of country music acts and gave the audience a unique chance to see the person behind the stage persona. “I am just delighted at the reception it has had.
The audience love it as it offers more than just a country music video and allows the artists to be able to showcase their personality a bit more,” she says. The first episode went out last Monday evening, and showed Lisa at Todd Lake adventure camp with Johnny Brady where the pair went off road driving, archery shooting, zip-lining and blindfolded driving.
“Oh my gosh, it was horrendous! I am so scared of heights so the zip-lining frightened the life out of me, so it was great fun.
“This series the producers have tried to do something a bit different in kind of pushing the boundaries to catch the artists off guard so you get a real sense of who they are! “Last series they kept things a secret from the artist, but now they’re surprising me while we’re filming so I’ve been thrown in right at the deep end!
“It’s been amazing though, there’s been some lows and some real adrenaline filled highs too. I just hope that the audience enjoy it. “I think its appeal, and why there has been such a demand for it, is it shows us as normal vulnerable people, and we just go head on into it, no matter what it thrown at us.” It’s not all go go go however, an upcoming episode sees Lisa bake cakes with Susan McCann, which will give fans a chance to view both artists in another light.
“The show has been tremendous for me. I go to places now and people remember what I did from the last series. I get people coming up to me saying, ‘I remember you fishing with Nathan Carter or going to the dogs with Jimmy Buckley’.
“It’s certainly raised my profile and I am so thankful for that. You can’t buy airtime, and it has been great exposure for me in terms of self-promotion and publicity. I think showing a light-hearted fun side is always a great way to get people to warm to you on top of your music and everything too.” Apart from a few editing tweaks and reshooting the series is ready for airing, so what is Lisa, a former Irish World Award Winner, up to outside of Irish TV?
“My schedule is so busy at the minute, I’m non-stop touring and we’re planning some really exciting projects behind the scenes for next year which I cannot wait to tell everyone about once we can announce them out of the pipeline.
“Without a shadow of a doubt the last two years of my career have been incredible, so many exciting things have happened, and I do believe that it is down to having my own show.
“I just feel so lucky to be able to showcase myself more than Lisa McHugh the singer. “I moved from Glasgow to Donegal in 2010, and am now settled in Fermanagh, so Irish TV has been good to me. “What I also love is, because of social media, we are able to see the reaction from the audience instantaneously.
“It is a huge bonus to us because you get to monitor progress and get direct contact with your fans to see what they like and dislike. “I of course love gigging, but the show has been such an added bonus for me, and I do absolutely love TV work.”
On the Road with Lisa is on every Monday at 8:30pm on Irish TV.
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