Presenter Lisa Cannon is staying true to her showbiz roots with an access-all-areas entertainment show that features interviews from some of the world’s top celebrities.
Spotlight is a six-part sassy and saucy entertainment and lifestyle show that Lisa herself created, conceptualised and developed. With decades of experience in the world of entertainment and an impressive array of contacts, Lisa hopes Spotlight will bring a ‘little bit of razzle-dazzle’ to people’s lives.
Even after departing that show she stayed within the celebrity circuit and the intervening years have seen her launch her own film show, Box Office, as well as producing documentaries for HBO and Channel 4.
Now she has teamed up with DMG Media – publisher of EVOKE – for Spotlight, parts of which were filmed in the company’s new SpaceTo studio. Each episode features a mix of celebrity chit-chat, in-depth interviews, fashion, film, health and beauty.
Lisa believes that now is the perfect time for a show like Spotlight because we all need a little light diversion more than ever before. ‘Because of the pandemic,’ she says, ‘very little production or arts have been able to take place, so I’m hoping that Spotlight brings a little bit of razzle-dazzle, even for a short spell.’
‘With all my years of experience with Xposé and working for RTÉ’s Nationwide, plus having produced documentaries for HBO and Channel 4, it gave me the confidence that something like this was not only important and could be watched, but necessary.’
Spotlight kicks off on Thursday, with Lisa’s emotional heart-to-heart with Michelle Heaton. Former Liberty X member Michelle has had a tumultuous time of late that led to her checking into a UK rehab clinic. She talks about her struggles and shares her optimistic outlook on life after addiction.
Lisa has enlisted American contributors from Access Hollywood and the Today Show as well as a smattering of UK contributors for the show, which will see her interviewing celebrities from Mayo to Manhattan, including supermodel Victoria Silvstedt, hair maestro Nicky Clarke and actress de jour Clare Dunne.
One star in the hot seat is Mayo’s most famous son Louis Walsh, who gives the gossip on his upcoming talent search that will see him return to the role he was born to – talent judge supremo. Speaking ahead of Spotlight’s debut, Lisa explains why she felt compelled to do this show.
‘I know I can interview well, so I just felt that this was a perfect fit, and who better to create something for me than me? I knew what I wanted in it. I knew the team I wanted around me I’ve worked with for many years, so I know the work and the production, the filming and the editing is going to be top-notch.’
‘It’s a lot of work – I sourced the interviews; do the pre-interviews; some paper edits and liaise with all the team. There’s a lot that goes into a half hour show every week, plus then we give it bite-size so that everybody gets a bite-sized version of the show.’
Spotlight is brought to you by SpaceTo and Glam Doll and will be available to watch on Evoke and Extra.ie as well as on other platforms under the DMG umbrella, and on Lisa’s Instagram platform @lisacannon and her own website, Lisacannon.ie