It takes two to tango as model Thalia Heffernan hits it off with dancer Ryan on DWTS
Thalia Heffernan looks to have danced her way into the arms of a new man after falling for one of the professionals on RTE's Dancing With The Stars.
The Herald can reveal that the top model has become the first celebrity to find romance on the hit show.
Thalia (21) has reportedly hooked up with handsome Ryan McShane (32), who's partnered with Red Rock's Denise McCormack.
He previously dated his professional dance partner Ksenia Zsikhotska (27).
However, a show insider said that he and Ksenia - who's partnered with hot favourite Dayl Cronin - actually broke up "about a year ago".
Thalia's dalliance with Ryan happened last Sunday after one of their regular nights out in Krystle nightclub as all the gang wound down following the show, which saw Big Brother star Hughie Maughan being eliminated first.
The cast and crew have been in the VIP area of the Harcourt Street haunt for the past two Sundays as they enjoyed a well-earned drink after the live show.
"It's a really young cast among the professional dancers and everyone's up for having a laugh during their time off in Dublin. Everyone's off on Mondays, so they've started going in to Krystle after the show," said a source.
"Everyone noticed that Thalia and Ryan have got close in recent weeks and always have a great laugh together.
"They all had a great night out in Krystle last Sunday, and at one point Thalia and Ryan were seen sharing a kiss in a corner of the club, so it's kind of an open secret now among the cast and crew.
"They're both single and just enjoying each other's company."
Originally from Lurgan in Co Armagh, Ryan started dancing when he was seven years old and went on to win the British Nationals.
Along with his Ukrainian-born dance partner Ksenia, he holds the title of British Latin Professional champion.
Ironically, when he was first named as one of the professionals on the show, he said he couldn't wait for his first season and that viewers should "expect fireworks".
Gorgeous Thalia is one of our most in-demand models and previously dated street artist Maser and was also linked with One Direction's Niall Horan.
She has been busy on Gran Canaria where she had a three-day modelling assignment with Diesel.
Work means she and partner Curtis Pritchard have had less rehearsal time than their rivals.
Both Thalia and Ryan declined to comment when contacted about their rum-oured romance.
A spokesperson for the show also said she had "no comment" when asked about the reports.