Sunday 20 January 2019

'You might hate your partner but you still have to work together' - dancing only part of challenge of DWTS says Nicky Byrne

Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Nicky Byrne has said that natural dancing ability or previous training is only a fraction of what's involved in Dancing With The Stars.

The co-host of the hit RTE series, who took part in the 2012 edition of Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC, said that being able to show off some fancy footwork isn't the most important thing on the programme.


"You can be the best dancer in the world but it's not just about dancing," he told the Herald.

"You're being challenged, it's live television. You have to get a public vote, you have to get on with your partner, you have to look good together. You might hate them but you still have to work together.

"Obviously being able to dance will help but it's not the be-all and end-all. I'm just looking forward to it, to be honest.

"It's a brilliant show and one I danced on and knew I could lend myself well to. I never expected it to be as successful as it was."

In the upcoming show, RTE's Marty Morrissey is being tipped as one to watch, thanks to his fam- iliarity among Ireland's GAA community.

Nicky said he's now looking forward to getting back to work on season two of the show, alongside co-presenter Amanda Byram.

It is one of a number of projects in a busy 2018 for the 2fm presenter.

Meanwhile, Nicky said that he would love to see a Westlife reunion at some stage over the coming years but it's not something that's on the cards in the immediate future.

They went out with a bang after a string of sell-out concerts in Croke Park in the summer of 2012, as the curtain finally came down on the boyband.

However, with Louis Walsh hinting that a reunion could happen at some point, Nicky said that it's all down to timing.

"Who wouldn't want to do that again and have the laugh with the boys, and travelling around and seeing all the fans again?," he said. "It's nearly six years next summer since we've done it so who knows?

"I would love to do a Westlife reunion, as I'm sure the other lads would.

"When? I wouldn't like to do it now as I've got so much going on," he added.

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