Saturday 18 November 2017

'It isn't about landing Colin Farrell or Bono' - Nicky Byrne defends Dancing with the Stars line-up

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
Des Bishop is one of the 11 celebrities who will perform on RTE's Dancing with the Stars
Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will host the show while Blathnaid Ni Treacy will host the spin-off programme

Sean O'Grady

Nicky Byrne has defended the line-up for Dancing with the Stars, saying that having Hollywood A-listers like Colin Farrell is not what the show is about.

Some commentators have remarked how he and fellow presenter Amanda Byram are the best-known names on the show, questioning some of the competitor choices.

The former Westlife star (38) isn’t worried about such comments though, as he said that it wasn’t just about how famous the celebrities are.

“I think there’s a really good mixture in there. Even if you take the celebrities out of the equation, the show itself is going to look like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” he said.

Des Bishop is one of the 11 celebrities who will perform on RTE's Dancing with the Stars
Des Bishop is one of the 11 celebrities who will perform on RTE's Dancing with the Stars

“You’re seeing people learning to dance and it’s a real warm family entertainment show. It’s not all about landing Colin Farrell or Bono – that’s not what it’s about.

“You’ll want to see Teresa Mannion or Des Cahill (right) trying to do the Foxtrot, people you see on TV every day doing something different.

“You’ll want to see the judges commentating on them, and saying when they’ve done well or being told that they haven’t nailed it.

“There’s a reason that Strictly Come Dancing gets double the rating of X Factor now. It’s a great show that’s known around the world.”

Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will host the show while Blathnaid Ni Treacy will host the spin-off programme
Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will host the show while Blathnaid Ni Treacy will host the spin-off programme

The 2fm presenter said that the professional dancers being drafted in to perform with the celebrities are world-class and bring an extra edge to the show.

“This style of dancing is huge. They’re going to see something very special on the show. I’m not going to claim for one second that everyone watching it is going to fall in love instantly with it, but RTE have upped the ante and delivered a really big show,” Byrne said.

He also said viewers shouldn’t compare it with the BBC version as the British show has a much bigger budget. Byrne said the fact that they won’t be using a live band shouldn’t make any difference to the feel of the show either.

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