'Time is running out' as RTE stalls on future of Dancing with the Stars
RTE has not yet given the go-ahead for a second series of ratings hit Dancing With The Stars, the Herald has learned.
Production company Shinawil is still waiting on word about a second instalment despite the fact that the show finished nearly six weeks ago.
With time ticking on, workers behind the series are keen to get going on planning a second series - if there is going to be one.
"RTE are taking their time and, if there is to be a second series, then time is quickly running out on when that decision needs to be made," said an insider.
"The professional dancers need to be booked well in advance, as do all the presenters, and the process of finding contestants for next year is a lengthy one.
"Rehearsals would start again in December of this year, so there isn't much time left at all.
"It's a huge production that needs a huge amount of planning."
RTE confirmed to the Herald that no decision has yet been made on recommissioning the show, which was won this year by former Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony.
In March, producer Larry Bass admitted it was "solely RTE's call" about whether the show would make a return next year.
Despite the fact that the programme isn't certain to come back, speculation has already been mounting over which stars could take part in a new series, with former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle again a hot favourite to slip on her dancing shoes.
Presenter Amanda Byram has previously revealed she would love to front the show again, while radio presenter and former Westlife star Nicky Byrne is also said to be keen on a return.
Dancing With The Stars was a huge ratings and commercial winner for RTE, earning an estimated €500,000 each week.
It was also a winner on digital platforms for the station.