Saturday 19 August 2017

Full line-up of RTE's Dancing with the Stars is finally confirmed

Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will host the show while Blathnaid Ni Treacy will host the spin-off programme
Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will host the show while Blathnaid Ni Treacy will host the spin-off programme
The contestants (from left) Des Bishop, Aidan O'Mahony, Denise McCormack, Des Chaill, Katherine Lynch, Daryl Cronin, Aoibhin Garrihy, Dr Eva Orsmond, Thalia Heffernan, Hughie Maughan and Teresa Manion

Sean O'Grady

RTÉ has unveiled the glittering line-up of stars who will take on ballroom dancing challenges for a new TV show.

The highly anticipated series 'Dancing With The Stars' will arrive on screens on Sunday, January 8.

Comedian Katherine Lynch, former 'Operation Transformation' doctor Eva Orsmond and model Thalia Heffernan have been added to the list of contestants along with Des Bishop, actress Denise McCormack and Aoibhín Garrihy.

Reporter Teresa Mannion will be making plenty of necessary journeys to the RTÉ studios as she has pledged to "take time out to dance every day".

The contestants (from left) Des Bishop, Aidan O'Mahony, Denise McCormack, Des Chaill, Katherine Lynch, Daryl Cronin, Aoibhin Garrihy, Dr Eva Orsmond, Thalia Heffernan, Hughie Maughan and Teresa Manion
The contestants (from left) Des Bishop, Aidan O'Mahony, Denise McCormack, Des Chaill, Katherine Lynch, Daryl Cronin, Aoibhin Garrihy, Dr Eva Orsmond, Thalia Heffernan, Hughie Maughan and Teresa Manion

As the oldest contestant, Des Cahill (63) reckons he is already at a slight disadvantage to his fellow celebrity competitors.

"I have very little dance experience so my dancing shoes definitely need a polishing, but I am really looking forward to giving it my best shot," he said.

But Katherine Lynch said she would be terrified of the experience.

"I am the proud owner of two left feet and they have a very dysfunctional relationship. Dancing is one of my greatest fears so it's great to be able to finally face it," she said.

Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony admitted he was just doing the show "for a laugh" and hoped to entertain the audience with his "two left pegs".

"This will be my first time and probably last time ever doing something like this," he said.

"I'm looking forward to having a laugh and, more importantly, giving the public a laugh, I've never danced in my life which will be obvious to see on the live shows."

Hometown's Dayl Cronin and 'Big Brother' housemate Hughie Maughan finish off the line up this year.

Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram will host the series while Bláthnaid Treacy will front spin-off series 'Can't Stop Dancing' on Fridays.

Irish Independent

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