Des Bishop will be joined by a comedian, actresses, a Kerry footballer, and more
Having previously announced that Des Bishop would be waltzing his way across our screens in the New Year, RTÉ has revealed the full line-up of its sequin-sporting celebs for its debut season of Dancing with the Stars.
Among the novice dancers who’ll learn the ropes from professional partners are veteran sports broadcaster Des Cahill, comedienne Katherine Lynch, Operation Transformation’s no-nonsense medic Dr Eva Orsmond, and Teresa Mannion, whose dramatic warnings during a storm last year on the evening news means she’s suited to carry off the showmanship of the theatrical stomping of an Argentine tango.
Rounding out the stars will be boyband singer Dayl Cronin, a member of HomeTown, Big Brother star Hughie Maughan, Irish model Thalia Heffernan, soap stars Aoibhin Garrihy and Denise McCormack, as well as Aidan O’Mahony, the Kerry footballer.
Dancing with the Stars, by which the popular British TV show Strictly Come Dancing is sold internationally, will launch on RTÉ One at 6.30pn on Sunday, January 8th, running for the following 12 weeks. Last week, Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne, who finished sixth on Strictly in 2012, will host the show.
Take a look at the stars featuring in the show in the gallery below:
“I am so delighted to be involved in the very first Irish Dancing with the Stars in all its glittering glory! As an actor, the opportunity to learn a completely new art form in a very short space of time is both an exciting and nerve-racking concept. So far, the experience has been amazing and I'm really enjoying every minute of it."
“I absolutely cannot wait for January. I can’t think of a better way to spend the next few months - if I last that long! At my age, to learn something completely new like ballroom dancing is an amazing opportunity."
“I am scared shitless! I am the proud owner of two left feet and they have a very dysfunctional relationship. Dancing is one of my greatest fears so it’s great to be able to finally face it!”
“I am used to dancing a bit on stage but this is a totally different ball game. Our style is a bit more hip hop and this show is all about ballroom and Latin which are totally alien to me! I’m really looking forward to the challenge and, hopefully, I can do well.”
“I'm really looking forward to the challenge of Dancing with the Stars. You never know, I could be the new Patrick Swayze or I could look as rubbish as a cat on ice skates. Either way I am going to bring the fun to the show.”
“Taking part in this show is truly a gift. Learning to dance gets you out of your head and into the very essence of your being."
"But I am really looking forward to giving it my best shot! Although as the oldest and heaviest in the competition I might be at a slight disadvantage."
"I'm delighted to be taking part in Dancing with the Stars, this will be my first time and probably last time ever doing something like this. I'm looking forward to having a laugh and more importantly giving the public a laugh."
“I am extremely lucky to have an opportunity like this and it could not have come at a better time in my life. I have always wanted to learn to dance and to really focus my time on it but I have never had the time. It’s like a dream come true!”
"It’s such a privilege. I have always loved dancing and I did a bit as a kid but to learn it professionally is a whole new challenge.”
“I am so excited about participating in the show. I get to test my mettle in other disciplines," she says. "I enjoy any chance to dance and this is an opportunity to show the real me.”