Saturday 21 April 2018

Grainne Seoige linked with Dancing with the Stars

Grainne Seoige has been linked with Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Grainne Seoige has been linked with Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Grainne Seoige
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Grainne Seoige is the latest big name to be linked with RTE's forthcoming Dancing with the Stars.

The celebrity-filled show recently went into pre-production and will be one of the big highlights of RTE's schedule when it starts next January.

The gorgeous Gaelgoir is the latest name linked with the programme as producers ShinAwil gear up to screen-test two possible presenters, the Herald revealed.

Grainne divides her time between Ireland and South Africa, where she lives with her fiance Leon Jordaan.

"Grainne has a gap in her working schedule now that she's no longer doing CrimeCall," said a source.

"She's a very experienced presenter and is a well-known personality, so she's one of the names that is being considered."

Grainne Seoige
Grainne Seoige

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Grainne co-fronted CrimeCall for the past five years alongside Philip Boucher-Hayes. However, it was recently confirmed that Keelin Shanley will replace Grainne on the show.

That leaves her just presenting Up for the Match, which aired at the start of this month, and the People of the Year Awards, which airs on December 3.

When asked about speculation surrounding Grainne and Dancing with the Stars, an RTE spokeswoman said there would be negotiations with her.

She said that Grainne was in the mix for several possible presenting gigs, but wouldn't comment on the speculation linking her to Dancing with the Stars.

"We'll be talking to her about other potential projects," the spokeswoman said.

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The dancing programme will see 11 celebrities competing against each other and will begin airing in January 2017.

Aimed at replacing the gap left by the Voice of Ireland, several big-name Irish stars from the world of music and entertainment have already been approached to take part.

Laura Whitmore is currently competing in the BBC version of the show, Strictly Come Dancing.


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