Let’s get ready to rumba!
The wait is finally over as the curtain lifts on Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars.
All eleven of the show’s stars are about to embark on their dancing journey and ride the ups and downs of RTÉ One's flagship entertainment show.
Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will present the first ever Irish series of Dancing with the Stars. Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from 6.30pm Sunday 8th January, a total of 11 celebrities – some who think they can bust a move and some with two left feet - will pair up with their professional dancing partners to test their twinkle toes.
The line-up includes the straight-talking Dr. Eva Orsmond: “I am extremely lucky to have an opportunity like this and it could not have come at a better time in my life. I have always wanted to learn to dance and to really focus my time on it but I have never had the time. It’s like a dream come true!”
Sports commentator Des Cahill will also be waltzing his way onto television screens in January: "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! Although as the oldest and heaviest in the competition I might be at a slight disadvantage"
Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony will be swapping football boots for Cuban heels as he aims to add the glitterball trophy to his All-Ireland medal haul: "I'm delighted to be taking part in Dancing with the Stars, this will be my first time and probably last time ever doing something like this."
"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 and I know switching from the green grass to the ballroom floor will not be an easy transition especially as I have two lefts pegs on me and not a step in the world! Here's to a couple of weeks of absolute carnage on the dance floor"
Reporter Teresa Mannion certainly won’t be hoping to make any treacherous journeys when she enters the Dancing with the Stars ballroom. “Taking part in this show is truly a gift. Learning to dance gets you out of your head and into the very essence of your being. The effort, the frustration, the repetition are all worth it for the sheer joy it brings. From now on I'm going to take a little time out to dance every day!”
Big Brother breakout star Hughie Maughan will be giving it his best effort: “I'm really looking forward to the challenge of Dancing with the Stars. You never know, I could be the new Patrick Swayze or I could look as rubbish as a cat on ice skates. Either way I am going to bring the fun to the show.”
Comedian Katherine Lynch is hoping that her two left feet will reconcile in time for her first dance next month: “I am scared shitless! 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!”
International model Thalia Heffernan is used to strutting her stuff on the catwalk but she’s up for the Dancing with the Stars challenge: “I am so excited about participating in the show. I get to test my mettle in other disciplines – I enjoy any chance to dance and this is an opportunity to show the real me.”
HomeTown’s Dayl Cronin’s boy band experience will surely be a helping hand for him in this competition: “I am used to dancing a bit on stage but this is a totally different ball game. Our style is a bit more hip hop and this show is all about ballroom and Latin which are totally alien to me! I’m really looking forward to the challenge and, hopefully, I can do well.”
Comic relief will come in the form of Des Bishop who says; “I can’t think of a better way to spend the next few months – if I last that long! At my age, to learn something completely new like ballroom dancing is an amazing opportunity.”
Fair City and The Fall actress Aoibhin Garrihy is also looking forward to taking part: “I am so delighted to be involved in the very first Irish Dancing with the Stars in all its glittering glory! As an actor, the opportunity to learn a completely new art form in a very short space of time is both an exciting and nerve-racking concept. So far, the experience has been amazing and I'm really enjoying every minute of it. Here's to a delightful few months of dancing!”
Also taking to the dance floor is Red Rock and Love/Hate actress Denise McCormack: “I am thrilled to be taking part in Dancing with the Stars. It’s such a privilege. I have always loved dancing and I did a bit as a kid but to learn it professionally is a whole new challenge.”
Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the cha-cha to mambo to tango and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation.
They will be the scored by an expert panel of judges and the viewing public at home. All the contestants will be safe for the first two shows, but after that one celeb and their dancing partner will leave the competition each week.
If the main show isn’t enough for dancing fans, Friday nights at 8.30pm on RTÉ One will feature Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy. Every week Can’t Stop Dancing will go behind the scenes with Bláthnaid getting low down from the judges, the professional dancers and the stars. It’s a one-stop shop for getting all your Dancing with the Stars gossip!
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