Wednesday 20 September 2017

It takes two to tango as model Thalia Heffernan hits it off with dancer Ryan on DWTS

Thalia Heffernan dancing with partner Curtis Pritchard, amid rumours she's dating dancer Ryan McShane, during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Thalia Heffernan dancing with partner Curtis Pritchard, amid rumours she's dating dancer Ryan McShane, during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Thalia Heffernan during the Dancing with the Stars Live performance. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Thalia Heffernan dancing with Curtis Pritchard during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Picture: KOBPIX
Thalia Heffernan dancing with Curtis Pritchard during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Picture: KOBPIX
Thalia Heffernan
Thalia Heffernan dancing with partner Curtis Pritchard, amid rumours she's dating dancer Ryan McShane, during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Thalia Heffernan
Thalia Heffernan
Thalia Heffernan takes a break from Dancing With The Stars to walk her dog Leonard on South William Street, Dublin
Denise McCormack during the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ live performance with partner Ryan McShane, who is reportedly dating Thalia Heffernan. Photo: Kobpix
Thalia Heffernan for Littlewoods Ireland. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Thalia Heffernan and her dog Leonard arrive for rehearsals at a Dublin City dance studio for Dancing With The Stars Ireland
no repro fee if Arnotts mentioned in caption at the launch of Arnotts Spring Summer 2017 womenswear collections in the Accessories Hall at Arnotts -photo Kieran Harnett Thalia Look 1 Powder blue trench coat, Hugo by Hugo Boss, €499 Blue linen blazer, Strenesse, €479 Blue shirt, Selected Femme, €49.95 Blue linen shorts, Strenesse, €229 Beige suede bag, Coccinelle, €270
Thalia in a powder blue trench coat, Hugo by Hugo Boss, €499; b lue linen blazer, Strenesse, €479; blue shirt, Selected Femme, €49.95; blue linen shorts, Strenesse, €229; beige suede bag, Coccinelle, €270 at Arnotts. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

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).

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

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.

Thalia Heffernan dancing with partner Curtis Pritchard, amid rumours she's dating dancer Ryan McShane, during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Thalia Heffernan dancing with partner Curtis Pritchard, amid rumours she's dating dancer Ryan McShane, during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

"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.

Thalia Heffernan takes a break from Dancing With The Stars to walk her dog Leonard on South William Street, Dublin
Thalia Heffernan takes a break from Dancing With The Stars to walk her dog Leonard on South William Street, Dublin

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.

Herald

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