Wednesday 13 December 2017

'I didn't want to make a fool out of myself as a contestant'- Dancing with the Stars host Amanda Byram

Amanda Byram hosts RTE ’s new Show Dancing with the Stars with Nicky Byrne.
Amanda Byram hosts RTE ’s new Show Dancing with the Stars with Nicky Byrne.
In the swing: Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne are the new hosts of RTE's new Show Dancing with the Stars
Amanda Byram with Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta as they await the judges’ verdicts. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Sean O'Grady

She was more than happy to take on a presenting role on Dancing With The Stars, but Amanda Byram said she would have been much less keen to take part as a contestant.

The Castleknock woman (43) is presenting the new series alongside former Westlife star Nicky Byrne. But she admitted that when it comes to the dancefloor, her skills are lacking.

Amanda said the primary reason for her refusal would have been wanting to avoid "making a fool out of myself".

"I may have said no because I can't dance and I didn't want to make a fool out of myself. But that journey they are on, they've all had an amazing experience," she told the Diary.

In the swing: Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne are the new hosts of RTE's new Show Dancing with the Stars
In the swing: Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne are the new hosts of RTE's new Show Dancing with the Stars

The first episode secured an audience of over 600,000 people, representing 43pc of the viewing public at the time.

Despite so many people watching, Amanda was not nervous to step back in front of the camera for her first Irish series in years.

"I wasn't really nervous. People always ask me that. Someone asked me recently, 'How many live shows have you done?' and I did a count - and the last count was 995. I did The Big Breakfast and Ireland AM and all the other series. For me, I suppose it's second nature. You want everyone to enjoy it because we loved it: I want everyone to love it as much as I do."

The show was a trending topic on Twitter as soon as it went on air, but the Dubliner has not read a single comment from the public on her performance.

Amanda Byram with Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta as they await the judges’ verdicts. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Amanda Byram with Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta as they await the judges’ verdicts. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

"I've done so many shows that you get all positive comments; some, you get negative comments.

"I'm not going to look at anything because you have to take that stuff with a pinch of salt. I'm going to continue to do what we do."

As TV's new dynamic duo, Amanda and Nicky worked hard to make sure the programme went off without a hitch.

"He's great. It's two buddies going out, hosting a show and having a bit of a laugh. We all worked our asses off to make sure this was a spectacular show and I think the proof was in the pudding," she said.

Amanda lives in London with her husband, Julian Okines - however, she is commuting back and forth on the weekends to host Dancing With The Stars, and Julian was backstage cheering his partner on last Sunday.

The couple spent Christmas between here and England.

"It was very loud. It was lots of excitement and chocolate and then we went back to Brighton to see his folks," Amanda said.

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