Sunday 22 April 2018

'I have to work on my frame and sex appeal - none of it is looking good at the moment' - Marty Morrissey

Marty Morrissey and Ksenia Zsikhotska
Marty Morrissey and Ksenia Zsikhotska
Marty Morrissey will take part in the popular celebrity dance show
Marty Morrissey on RTE's Dancing With The Stars

Sean O'Grady

Marty Morrissey has insisted there's no fear of him falling victim to the famous "Strictly curse" on Dancing With The Stars as romance is the last thing on his mind.

The British version of the series has become famous for several contestants getting together with their dance partners, but there's only one lady in Marty's life as he revealed long-term partner Liz Kidney will "absolutely" be there on Sunday night to cheer him on.

"To be fair, there's so much preparation to do and so much hard work, the last thing that would be on your mind would be romance in any shape or form. It's trying to just remember not to make an idiot of yourself," he said.

Along with Liz, several of Marty's other family members will be making their way to Ardmore Film Factory in Co Wicklow to watch him strut his stuff.

The RTE star (59) is partnered with Ukrainian dancer Ksenia Zsikhotska (28) who made it to the semi-finals last series with Hometown singer Dayl Cronin. While they have been getting on well, Marty told how his partner is not afraid to crack the whip when he misses a move.

"Ksenia is simply brilliant to be honest. She is very demanding. When we get two or three steps right and I'm pleased with myself, she says, 'No, that's not good enough'.

"I've tried to explain to her that in my world, she's gone from being with an All-Ireland champion to being with a Junior B hurler from West Clare," he said.

"I feel clumsy, I feel awkward. I'm very nervous but it's an adventure and a new challenge for all of us."

Beloved by viewers, Marty joked he has been working on amplifying his sex appeal for when he takes to the dance floor tomorrow night.

"I'm working on it. The phones are a great help. You think you're on your toes and then you look back at the video and you look flat-footed," he said.

"I have to work on my toes, I have to work on my posture, I have to work on my frame and I certainly have to work on my sex appeal because none of it is looking good at the moment."

Fans have likened Marty to his RTE colleague Des Cahill who competed on the show last year. The TV host told how his friend called him up and told him that he should absolutely say yes to doing the show.

"Everybody fell in love with Des. He rang me and said, 'I think you should do it, I could hardly move, you have to be better than me,'" he told the Herald.

"He is a true legend and was very encouraging for me to do it. If I could do half as good and last a couple of weeks, I'll be happy."

RTE have confirmed Julian Benson will be absent from the first two shows of the series due to illness. He will be replaced by guest judge Darren Bennett.

The male celebrities will dance in the first week followed by the females in week two.

DWTS airs tomorrow at 6.30pm on RTE One.

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