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Friday 20 September 2019

Dancing with the Stars: who are the contenders to replace Amanda Byram?

(L to R) Jennifer Zamparelli, Laura Whitmore and Caroline Morahan
(L to R) Jennifer Zamparelli, Laura Whitmore and Caroline Morahan
TV and radio presenter Jennifer Zamparelli. Photo: Andres Poveda
Laura Whitmore attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Jennifer Zamparelli at the launch of Kennedy & Co, hosted in the exclusive apartments for sale in Lansdowne Place. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Amanda Byram's much-hyped departure from Dancing with the Stars is still the talk of Irish television, allowing an opening for one of the most coveted hosting gigs around.

But who are the frontrunners to take the helm alongside co-host Nicky Byrne?

Jennifer Zamparelli

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TV and radio presenter Jennifer Zamparelli. Photo: Andres Poveda

Fresh reports have linked the already established RTE star as having the best chemistry with Nicky, allowing her a healthy lead against her competitors.

Laura Whitmore

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Laura Whitmore attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Since leaving her I'm A Celebrity spin-off role in 2016, Whitmore has had eye firmly fixed on the Irish television market and was a key presence at RTE's new season launch last month. She seemed like a sure thing for the gig just a few weeks ago, but speculation continues to mount ahead of the show's return to our screens in January.

Caroline Morahan

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Caroline Morahan at he Pride of Ireland Awards 2015

It's been a long time since Caroline, once one of RTE's brightest shining stars, has been on our screens since upping sticks to move to Los Angeles in 2009 in order to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. It was reported earlier this month that she had flown home specifically for the screen test and wowed producers during her audition.

Vogue Williams

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Vogue Williams. Picture: Instagram

Vogue was one of producers' first choices when the show debuted in 2016, having screen tested alongside Brian Dowling, but the gig eventually went to Byram. She's one of Montrose' talents du jour, but with news that she's set to film a reality show with husband Spencer Matthews in the UK about becoming new parents, it's unlikely she'll be returning here on a longer term basis.

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