'They're all talking about being in it to win it' - DWTS judge Brian Redmond says new series is most competitive yet
DANCING With The Stars judge Brian Redmond has vowed he will keep up his tough-talking ways with the new crop of contestants in the show.
Last week, 11 new celebrities were unveiled for the RTE series, including Dubs star Denis Bastick and Herald columnist and former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter.
Brian is known for taking no prisoners when it comes to giving his assessment of the celebrities' performances.
He says he will be as straight as ever with the latest batch when the third season starts on January 6.
"It's only fair if the first ones had to put up with me," said Brian (41). "The standard of judging will definitely stay the same."
He reckons that the class of 2019 seem to be more competitive than their predecessors.
"It is going to be interesting, it's different this year - they're all taking about being in it to win it. You could see it on The Late Late Show on Friday," he added.
"In the past, we had a more laid back approach from the celebs, saying it was an experience. It is up to them how competitive they want to be."
Now is the time to put the hard graft in, according to the star judge.
"I think the four-five weeks before the show are extremely important.
"Before, I think people haven't learned anything till the live shows and got caught out. So, in the build-up to week one, it is very important to get to grips with it."
As for who might shine on the dance floor, Brian picked Young Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe, along with Bastick and ex-rugby player Peter Stringer as ones to watch.
"I actually think it looks like Demi will be the biggest character, and she really connected with people on Friday night on The Late Late," he said.
"Also, sports people like Denis Bastick and Peter Stringer always have that capacity in them to improve and do well."
As the stars dust off their dance shoes, Brian said he is excited to get back into "the best seat in the house" at Ardmore Studios.
"It's a great show to be involved in, it's great fun," he said.