'If you thought I was tough last year, I'll be equally as tough this year' - DWTS judge Brian
Brian Redmond is all set for the new series of RTE's Dancing With The Stars, but the judge has revealed he could have missed out on doing the show altogether after being considered to replace Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing.
Goodman bowed out of BBC's Strictly in the summer of 2016, and Redmond and fellow Dancing With The Stars judge Loraine Barry were both candidates to take his place him before Shirley Ballas was named as his successor.
"Myself and Loraine were asked to go over and audition for Len's job as well on the back of the first series," said Redmond. "It was great going over. I was screen tested. There were seven of us apparently."
While he is happy at RTE, Redmond has admitted he would not pass up another opportunity to try out for the British series if it came along.
"It would be a huge compliment to be asked, but the judging line-up in the UK has been set for the next few years," he added.
"I could be well past it when that opportunity comes around again."
Dubliner Redmond was the toughest judge for contestants to please in the first series and he has warned that he will not be going easy on the latest crop either.
"I think the most important thing is for the judges to be consistent, so if you thought I was tough last year, I'll certainly be equally as tough this year," he told the Herald.
"I think that there's people out there who think I go too hard on them at times, but then there are people who want me to go hard on them.
"I had one guy who literally walked up to me in the supermarket and he said to me, 'Do you realise you have a responsibility to make sure that the best dancers go through and not be caught up with this whole entertainment thing?'."
When asked about the 11 celebrities taking part in the new series which starts next month, Redmond reckons businesswoman Norah Casey could win the hearts of the nation.
"I've had a lot of comment about Norah from the general public over the last couple of days," he said.
"I have had people asking me to go easy on her because she's really nice, so I can see already that Norah has an affinity with the Irish people because of who she is."
While all of the contestants will surely be hoping to take home the glitter ball trophy, Redmond does not think that winning should be the top priority for any of them.
"I think if you're going on it solely just to win it, then I think you are doing it for the wrong reasons in the first place because there is a lot you will get just from doing the show other than winning it," he said.