Wednesday 26 July 2017

Miriam O'Callaghan tops RTE's wish list for series two of Dancing With the Stars

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Des Cahill dances the Paso Doble with his partner Karen Byrne. Photo: kobpix
Denise McCormack during the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ live performance with partner Ryan McShane, who is reportedly dating Thalia Heffernan. Photo: Kobpix

Sean O'Grady

It has been a big ratings hit for RTE – so it’s no surprise that TV bosses want a second series of Dancing with The Stars.

Prime Time host Miriam O’Callaghan and a Dublin footballer are top of their celebrity wish list.

The dancing show has taken the country by storm.

Sunday night’s programme saw it deliver it’s highest ratings yet, as an average of 646,100 viewers tuned in to see former Big Brother housemate Hughie Maughan voted off.

Des Cahill dances the Paso Doble with his partner Karen Byrne. Photo: kobpix
Des Cahill dances the Paso Doble with his partner Karen Byrne. Photo: kobpix

Given the success of the show, producers Shinawil are already looking to next year, and have a wish list of celebrities they want to entice.

“They want to try and get a really big RTE star for next year, the likes of Miriam O’Callaghan would be ideal,” an industry source told the Herald.

“Miriam likes the dresses, she loves a bit of glam and she never says no to anything really. Miriam is always willing to help out and try something new.”

Producers turned to Montrose for this year’s series with RTE News reporter Teresa Mannion and sports broadcaster Des Cahill – now they hope Miriam will be the next to strut her stuff on the dancefloor.

Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

“She does radio, she does TV. She does chat shows, she does it all, so she could well give Dancing With The Stars a whirl,” the source said.

GAA player Aidan O’Mahony has proven to be a popular contestant with the judges and viewers, which has bosses looking for another sports personality for next year.

“They have somebody from the Kingdom this year and they’ll be looking to match the old rivalry between Dublin and Kerry so a Dublin footballer is what they’re looking for next,” the source added.

Kerry man Aidan recently announced his retirement and the next player to fill his shoes will also have to be someone who could be close to hanging up their boots.

Denise McCormack during the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ live performance with partner Ryan McShane, who is reportedly dating Thalia Heffernan. Photo: Kobpix
Denise McCormack during the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ live performance with partner Ryan McShane, who is reportedly dating Thalia Heffernan. Photo: Kobpix

“It’s a very time-consuming show. It takes up six weeks before Christmas and 12 weeks after Christmas so a playing footballer wouldn’t really have the time to commit to it,” the source said.

Bosses are also keeping their eyes peeled for a rugby star they could convince to don their dancing shoes next January.

“The likes of Paul O’Connell and Luke Fitzgerald, they are looking at people like that because they know they will bring in the viewers.”

Sunday night’s programme saw Des Cahill dance the Paso Doble – but it was 41-year-old Red Rock actress Denise McCormack who finished top with an impressive 26 points.

Herald

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