Thursday 24 August 2017

RTE unveils trio who will put celebrities through their paces on Dancing with the Stars

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
In the swing: Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne are the new hosts of RTE's new Show Dancing with the Stars
Judges Julian Benson, Lorraine Barry and Brian Redmond
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Here are the three tough-talking judges who will be putting the celebrities through their paces on RTE's Dancing with the Stars.

Far from going for the usual suspects, producers have picked an eclectic trio of professionals to help whittle down the 11 stars who will be dancing their socks off on the show.

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

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

The trained dancer said that he will bring something different when it comes to the judging panel.

"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."

Benson added that he was looking forward to starting work on the show and hopes that viewers will tune in "for some glitz, glamour and showbiz".

The second judge will be Loraine Barry, an award-winning ballroom dancer with more than 50 titles to her name.

Originally from Dublin, she now runs a dance studio in Tampa, Florida, called Arthur Murray International.

With her many years of experience, she said that she plans to be a "very fair" judge to the celebrities.

"We have to understand that the majority of celebrities have little to no dance experience, so they're being taken completely out of their comfort zones," she said.

"I'll be mainly looking for characterisation of dances in the early stages but I'll expect technical ability to develop as the show progresses."

The third judge is ballroom coach and dancer Brian Redmond, who has won eight All-Ireland ballroom and Latin championships.

He retired from competing in 2005 to start coaching and runs his own dance studio, Spin Activity Centre.

He said that there's already banter between the judges, as they know each other from the industry, and added that conflict is "guaranteed".

"As a trio, we get on but we wont be afraid to tell each other what's what," he said.

The show will start airing with a two-hour special on Sunday, January 8.

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