Saturday 18 November 2017

'I've been looking for the right project to bring me back to Irish TV' - Amanda Byram excited over Dancing with the Stars role

Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram have confirmed that they are hosting Dancing With The Stars.
Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram have confirmed that they are hosting Dancing With The Stars.

Sean O'Grady

Amanda Byram has revealed her excitement at hosting Dancing with the Stars after looking “for years” for the project that would bring her back to Ireland.

The Castleknock woman was named as co-host alongside 2fm presenter Nicky Byrne.

“I am thrilled to be working on Dancing With The Stars. For years I have been looking for the right project to bring me back to Irish TV  and as soon as I was offered the role, I didn’t hesitate,” she said.

“The team and I are looking forward to entertaining the nation by combining a much loved format with a uniquely Irish spin.”

Nicky has promised viewers will be pleased with the show’s celebrity contestants who are said to include Des Bishop, Teresa Mannion and model Thalia Heffernan.

“It doesn’t have to be Colin Farrell. It can be anyone you’re used to seeing in the papers or on the telly every day and now you’re seeing them learning to rumba. The casting this year has been really good,” he told Independent.ie.

Speaking of the rumoured contestants, Amanda said some are right while others are wrong.

“I’ve seen ones that are completely way off and I’ve seen ones that are completely way on so it’s been 50/50,” she said.

“It’s about the whole show as a story. You start off being rubbish and then you end up being amazing.”

The show kicks off on Sunday January 8 and will air for 12 weeks with a total of 11 celebrities taking part with professional dancing partners.

Two Tube presenter Blathnaid Treacy will host spin-off show Can’t Stop Dancing.

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