Tuesday 12 December 2017

Romancing with the Stars: love blossoms on hit show

Dancers Ksenia Zsikhotska, Giulia Dotta, and Valeria Kozmin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Dancers Ksenia Zsikhotska, Giulia Dotta, and Valeria Kozmin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTÉ has wisely chosen a troupe of beautiful, fit young dancers who have shimmied and sashayed around our celebrities on 'Dancing with the Stars'.

But while the appeal of watching our actors, presenters and sportspeople master the intricate foxtrot, all anyone wants to know behind-the-scenes is will the 'Strictly Curse' hit the Irish show?

Aidan O’Mahony in Dancing With The Stars. Photo: Damien Eagers
Aidan O’Mahony in Dancing With The Stars. Photo: Damien Eagers

The UK's 'Strictly Come Dancing' is notorious for dangerous liaisons between dancers, their partners and celebrities.

It seems that things have already taken a turn for the saucy here.

One well-placed source has revealed that at least four of the professional dancers have fallen into each other's arms off-camera.

And there may be more to come as the tango passion intensifies and the salsa becomes more sensual.

"Some of the dancers would have performed together professionally on the dance circuit so would know each other very well. There's at least two relationships going on already and it's still only early days," she said.

Part of the draw of the show is speculating about off-screen romances or trying to read the signs behind the body language.

"Last week everyone was talking about the chemistry between Dayl Cronin and his gorgeous partner Ksenia Zsikhotska, that really caught people's attention and got them talking," a source said.

Speaking about 'The Curse' recently, celebrity performer Thalia Heffernan said she "totally understood" how it could happen.

"It's such an intense experience," she said. "I've never ever been that close to someone I wasn't in a relationship with, be it the number of hours you spend with them or the dancing itself.

"You're one-on-one in a studio for hours. We do 12 hours a week, sometimes less, sometimes more."

The top model has been partnered with hunky young dancer Chris Pritchard, who she describes as a "tough boss" mentoring her through the whole process.

She's one of six female celebrities who'll be taking to the stage solo for the first time tomorrow night and in terms of talent, the ladies are said to have mastered the routines far better than their male competitors.

Joining Thalia will be RTÉ's western correspondent Teresa Mannion alongside actresses Aoibhín Garrihy, Denise McCormack, comedian Katherine Lynch and controversial Dr Eva Orsmond.

ShinAwil producer Larry Bass said that the entire cast and crew on the show were very carefully chosen.

"Casting is king. What we try to do is get the balance right, to try to get light and shade into our casting. This is a show for everyone, a family show and that's reflected in the casting," he told the Irish Independent.

The show certainly has appeal, pulling an impressive 640,00 viewers - and it could be dancing back onto the schedule next year.

Mr Bass confirmed that although he has a one-year contract for the show, he's very hopeful about its future.

"We never set out to build it [the set] for just one year, we designed it to last," he said.

Irish Independent

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