Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

25 most eligible single males in Northern Ireland

25: Liam McKenna (29)
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Lovely Liam began his showbiz career in the pop band Six alongside a certain Nadine Coyle (pre-Girls Aloud). When Six disbanded the Tyrone hottie moved to Dublin where he landed a job on Irish digital music channel Bubble Hits, regularly travelling to LA to interview stars like 50 Cent and The Pussycat Dolls. The 29-year-old is Louis Walsh’s right-hand man behind the scenes on The X Factor and is also tour manager for Jedward — but we won’t hold that against him.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with PR boss Cathy Martin, model agent Alison Campbell and male stylist Jason Shankey to compile a list of Northern Ireland’s most eligible male singletons.

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What the panel said about our winners

Alison Campbell

Model agent

We think our list had a good mix of contenders and because everyone on the panel comes from different backgrounds we all brought something different to the table. Melanie is an inspirational and dedicated young woman and Graeme is a sports idol.

Cathy Martin

Public relations boss

We had quite a bit of fun mulling over all the names. It was a mixture of suggestions from friends and family as well as our own thoughts, but it wasn’t easy — we didn’t always agree and discussions got quite heated at times as we had different views on what made a person eligible. However, it was all very light-hearted in the end, and we’d hope that is the spirit in which the readers take it. I certainly had a few ‘what if..?’ moments!

Jason Shankey

Grooming expert

When we started putting the list together we’d no idea how much interest it would provoke. It just goes to show that there are plenty of attractive, interesting, successful singletons out there.

Maureen Coleman

Showbiz correspondent

Drawing up our singletons list was pretty challenging but we’re happy with the outcome. Graeme and Melanie are worthy winners — but we unearthed some great wee gems in people like pharmacist Peter McKee and magazine editor Laure James.

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