Friday 20 October 2017

DWTS judge Julian Benson pulls out of Late Late Show appearance due to illness

Judges Julian Benson, Lorraine Barry and Brian Redmond
Judges Julian Benson, Lorraine Barry and Brian Redmond

Sasha Brady

Dancing with the Stars judge Julian Benson has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on The Late Late Show due to illness.

The Dancing with the Stars judge was set to appear on tonight's Late Late Show, alongside fellow judges Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond.

The trio were expected to give viewers the lowdown on the celebrities who have impressed them the most throughout the series so far and school Tubridy with a few key dance moves.

However, a source revealed to Independent.ie that Julian has been forced to pull out of The Late Late Show "due to illness".

Judges Brian Redmond Lorraine Barry and Julian Benson during the Live performance of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
Judges Brian Redmond Lorraine Barry and Julian Benson during the Live performance of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.

His fellow judges will join Ryan Tubridy tonight.

Speculation is growing as to whether Julian will be well enough to take to the panel on Sunday night's broadcast of Dancing with the Stars.

A source close to that show says it is hoped Julian will be well enough to appear on Sunday's programme.

Julian aside, two dancers have also fallen ill.

Ryan who is the dance partner to show favourite, actress Denise McCormack, was brought to A&E earlier this week for a bout of severe tonsillitis.

Kai who is partner to comedian Katherine Lynch is also sick and is visiting the doctor today.

A show insider said: "We are hoping that Julian will feel well enough on Sunday. To be honest, a lot of people have fallen sick this week. Poor Ryan had to go to A&E and Kai is also sick. Whatever it is, everyone else is trying to steer well clear of it."

Julian has been a popular fixture on the RTE show.

The Dubliner has a wealth of experience in the industry and has worked as a choreographer, producer, director and talent agent.

He has said in the past that he is the "people's judge" of the popular RTE show.

"My fellow judges would be a lot more technically-minded," he said.

"I'm going to be the peoples' judge. I'll be looking for the three P's - passion, performance and personality."

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