'It's a different type of competition and I'm not Conor' - Erin McGregor on brother's advice ahead of DWTS
All eyes will be on the audience at next weekend's Dancing With The Stars, with MMA star Conor McGregor expected to be in attendance to support his sister Erin.
Former bodybuilder Erin (36) is competing on the second series of the RTE show and will perform her first dance with partner Ryan McShane on Sunday night, after the male contestants performed on the first show.
"Well yes, I'm hoping Conor will be here next week," said Erin when asked if her brother would be showing his support.
Erin's mother Margaret was in attendance for last Sunday's first show and celebrated with her daughter and the rest of the cast backstage.
Conor (29) gave his older sister a pep talk before going onto the show.
"I said I was nervous and Conor said, 'You can and you are', so yeah, it is a different type of competition and I'm not Conor," she said.
The hairdresser was open about her worries before starting the competition, saying she hopes the show will help her to conquer her fears of what other people think.
Mum to Taylor (17) and one-year-old Harry, Erin told how she lost some confidence last year when her body changed after giving birth.
"After I had my son [last year] I lost a lot of my confidence. I just think when women have babies they kind of lose themselves a little bit. Their body shape changes," she said. "I found I didn't know what to wear anymore because I had been pregnant for so long.
"Sleep deprivation is a big, big thing so I just lost my confidence and I was a little bit nervous all the time so, I'm trying to get that back."
Sunday night's show drew in a large audience.
The two-hour episode pulled in an average of 580,500 viewers and an audience share of 38pc. Almost 1.2 million viewers tuned in at some point over the course of the show, while an additional 36,000 viewers watched on RTE +1.
However, the audience was lower than the first episode of the series last year, which saw an average of 640,000 tune in - while its draw of 1.2 million over the course of the show was the same.
Marty Morrissey has now been named as the 3/1 favourite to win the series. While he was an audience favourite, he received a modest 12 out of 30 points from the judges. BoyleSports has Erin at odds of 9/2 to take home the trophy, while singer Jake Carter has odds of 5/1.