The makers of RTÉ One’s Operation Transformation are looking for their five brave new 2018 leaders. If you’ve ever thought of signing up – now is your chance. 

2017 saw Biggest OT weight loss ever
Since the cameras stopped rolling the 2017 leaders, Chris McElligott, Marie Grace, Seán Daly, Mairead Redmond and Yvonne Keenan-Ross, have gone on to lose an amazing 15 stone 10 lbs, the biggest OT weight loss to date!

Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas said: "I'm blown away by the success of last year's leaders. I'm so proud of each of them. 2018 marks the eleventh series of Operation Transformation.

"I'd say to anyone who's watched the show before and thought I wish I could do that - this could be your year - this could be you standing here next year - healthier and happier - encouraging other people to make a difference in their lives.

So make that first step - log on to the OT website, pick up the phone and call the team.

"You can make all the excuses you like but the leaders here today are proof that the Operation Transformation plan works and that you can lose weight and keep it off. 2018 could be your year - we'd love to hear from you."

Surely that, along with all the health and wellness benefits, are reasons enough for anyone thinking of losing weight to sign up to lead the nation for the eleventh season of the show.

Plus, for a third year in a row, The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will be the radio home for the series so leaders have a chance to update their followers on radio and TV each week once the programme is on air in February.

Speaking about the show, Ray said: "I'm delighted to see Operation Transformation back for its eleventh year!

"Since we last saw Marie, Chris, Yvonne, Sean and Mairead they've continued with their plans and have really taken up that change in lifestyle, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly - it's great to see. 

"This year saw the biggest collective weight-loss ever recorded in OT history by leaders on the series so we really hope to build on that success again with a new set of leaders.

"If you think it's time to take control of your weight, take that first step now and get in touch."

To Apply:
Go to and follow the instructions there. 

If you have any questions or if you would like an application form sent to you in the post, please call Helen, Brittny or Elisha from Vision Independent Productions on 01 864 1444 or email