Thalia Heffernan: Marty Morrissey will be a force to be reckoned with on DWTS
Thalia Heffernan has said boyfriend Ryan McShane is thrilled to be back in Dublin for the next few months so the couple can spend loads of time together.
Dancing With The Stars will be back on our screens next month, and former contestant Thalia said the best thing about the show's return is the fact she's reunited with professional dancer Ryan.
"That's the best part of it all. It's great. I think it's really nice for him to be back," she said.
"He loves it and it's an amazing world to be a part of. He's happy out."
The Ranelagh woman admitted she hasn't kept the dancing skills she learned during her time on the first series, but said: "I watch my boyfriend do it, that counts."
Thalia reckons Marty Morrissey will be a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor, and advised the next crop of celebrities taking part to go for it full throttle.
"The only advice I'd give is to go at it with both hands and fully embrace it. It's a chance that's never going to come around again," she said.
"You have to go for it, even if it's different from everything that you've done in the past.
"It's really exciting to see the celebrities being announced. I'm excited for all of them.
"I have friends who are in it and obviously I have Ryan, so I feel like I'm on the sidelines.
"It's hard to know until you see them dance. If I could do it all over again, I would."
Thalia has begun to carve out a new career for herself as a TV presenter.
She has been working on TV3's Xpose for the past few weeks. She first covered the show's online output and has since reported from many red-carpet events for the programme.
Although she's not sure how much longer her gig on the series will last, it has made her realise that TV is the road she wants to go down.
"We haven't talked about that. I'm not contractually bound. I'm loving it," she said.
"It was supposed to just be a part-time thing, but now I'm finding myself doing it more and more. I've fallen into it quite well and I'm pretty happy.
"This is usually a quiet time of year for me because all our Christmas stuff is done in October.
"It's keeping me busy, and TV is a world that I would like to transition into eventually.
"It's within my world, so to speak. It's not too far off modelling."
Thalia and Ryan made their debut as a loved-up couple at this year's VIP Style Awards and have had a long-distance relationship since, with Ryan based in Birmingham when he's not working on Dancing With The Stars.