Friday 15 December 2017

Nicky Byrne: 'The second series of Dancing With The Stars is up in the air'

Hosts Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Hosts Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Presenters Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne on Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova , celebrate winning the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.

Sean O'Grady

Nicky Byrne has revealed he is still unsure of the future for Dancing With The Stars and he has not been asked to return for another series yet.

The former Westlife star co-hosted the first series alongside Amanda Byram which saw GAA star Aidan O'Mahony take home the glitterball trophy.

While the show was a massive success with viewers, Nicky has still not been told what is going to happen with the series next year.

"I haven't heard yet from Dancing With The Stars. That would be great to do again, I'd love to do it if the opportunity arose. It was a great show to do and a busy show to do, but I think everybody enjoyed it," he said.

Presenters Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne on Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Presenters Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne on Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Kyran O'Brien

The 2fm presenter compared the show to a sporting event and was happy to see it being discussed by rival media outlets.

"What I noticed was that it was like a sporting event, all channels and radio stations were talking about it," he told the Diary.

"Sometimes people go, 'I'm not going to talk about it because it's on RTE' or whatever. But with the characters involved, the likes of Des Cahill and Aidan and Hughie Maughan, it crossed over."

While the future of the show still remains up in the air, Nicky is keeping his fingers crossed he will be back in Ardmore Studios next January.

Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova , celebrate winning the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.
Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova , celebrate winning the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.

"We haven't been told officially yet, no. I'd like to think it'll come back and I'd like to think they'd want me, but we'll see," he said.

While the series has yet to be renewed, rumours are already circulating as to what celebrities could take part in a potential second series.

Producers are said to be keen to sign on a well-known GAA player, as well as popular broadcasters like Miriam O'Callaghan.

Although Aidan was crowned the winner, Fair City's Aoibhin Garrihy, Red Rock's Denise McCormack and RTE broadcaster Des Cahill also proved to be firm favourites with viewers.

Co-host Amanda is also keeping her fingers crossed she will be back next year.

"I loved every minute of it. It was so much fun. I just want to see who is in the line-up for next year," she said.

"I think anybody dancing out of their comfort zone is great television."

Amanda, who lives in the UK with husband Julian Okines, commuted between London and Dublin for the show and quickly found her hectic schedule wearing.

"The travelling was hard. It wasn't so much physically gruelling because it's only an hour's flight, but by the time you get to the airport, it just felt like I wasn't spending enough time in another country," she said.

"By the time I was finished doing stuff here, I was going back to work in London."

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