Nadine Coyle sparks Irish pronunciation debate among I'm A Celeb viewers
NADINE Coyle sparked an unexpected debate among Irish speakers watching I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! over her pronunciation of the language.
The former Girls Aloud singer was shown in the reality TV show teaching radio DJ Adele Roberts some words and phrases as Gaeilge.
But some viewers expressed surprise at her northern pronunciations, prompting a flurry of discussion online about different Irish dialects.
Sitting in the main jungle camp, Roberts asked Coyle: "Can you teach me Irish then?", to which Coyle replied: "I can teach you a little bit of Irish, yeah."
"Dia duit," the 34-year-old singer said to a confused Roberts and then pronounced it "jeea ditch", adding: "That means 'hello'."
One Twitter user said: "Nadine absolutely slaughtering 'dia dhuit'," while another asked: "Sorry but what was Nadine's pronunciation of 'dia duit' or do y'all nordies say it like that?"
However, others defended Coyle's pronunciation, with one viewer tweeting: "I say 'dia duit' just like Nadine so y'all need to pipe down in Connacht and Munster."
Another said: "I can confirm in Ulster Irish it's correct to say 'dia ditch'. Don't come for Nadine because I won't have it."
Others expressed their delight in hearing Irish in the Australian jungle.
"The sense of Irish pride I felt when Nadine said 'dia duit'," one viewer tweeted.
Coyle has already had some fans of the show struggling to understand her Derry accent, although many have also defended and praised her brogue.
Saturday's episode saw Coyle retching and struggling to eat cow anus in one of the most gruesome tasks of the jungle-based series so far.
Viewers have also seen Dublin stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell (43) break down in tears as he revealed he considered quitting the show.