Saturday 10 December 2016

Hold on to your disco ball! Irish version of 'Strictly Come Dancing' is coming to RTÉ

'Dancing with the Stars' is taking the entertainment slot of axed show 'The Voice of Ireland'

Cian Murray & Louise Kelly

Published 03/08/2016 | 18:13

Giovanni Pernice with Georgia May Foote, Aliona Vilani with Jay McGuiness, Katie Derham with Anton Du Beke, and Kellie Bright with Kevin Clifton with during the final of UK's Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Giovanni Pernice with Georgia May Foote, Aliona Vilani with Jay McGuiness, Katie Derham with Anton Du Beke, and Kellie Bright with Kevin Clifton with during the final of UK's Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Dancing with the Stars is making its way to Irish television for the first time ever in early 2017.

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It has been announced that RTÉ One will air the show, which will see 11 well-known celebrities paired with professional dancers competing weekly, by performing choreographed routines.

The UK's version, Strictly Come Dancing, has become a run-away success and the show's format has been licenced to over 50 countries worldwide.

The new addition will replace The Voice of Ireland, hosted by Kathryn Thomas since 2012, which has now been dropped by RTE.

Adrian Lynch, Channel Controller, RTÉ One and RTÉ2 expressed his excitement at the announcement. He said: "We are delighted to be bringing such a hugely popular format as Dancing with the Stars to RTÉ One.

"The show has been a global phenomenon, attracting huge audiences wherever it has aired and we are confident that Irish audiences will take this home-grown version to their hearts. Family entertainment shows are a cornerstone of what RTÉ One is all about."

Sam Tewungwa, Commercial Director, TV Sales UK and Ireland at BBC Worldwide added, “We’re thrilled that RTÉ will be airing Dancing with the Stars, as this format is loved all across the world. We continue to get such great feedback from every country where it airs, so we can’t wait to see how the Irish audience respond to it.”

The new format will be produced by Shinawil for RTÉ and will air in early 2017.

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Dal present the UK version of the show.
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Dal present the UK version of the show.

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