After its highly successful first series, Dancing with the Stars Ireland is making a return to RTÉ early next year, with a brand new celebrity lineup.
DWTS revealed a portion of their new celeb lineup during this week, but the final confirmed lineup was revealed on last nights Late Late Show (December 8).
Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will return once again to present the new series, which will broadcast on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from 6.30pm Sunday January 7.
11 celebrities are stepping out of their comfort zones and pairing up with their professional counterpart, in a bid to win that shinny glitter ball trophy.
So, who are these celebrities?
“I am delighted but I am nervous! It’s an opportunity of a life time to do something way outside my comfort zone – so here goes! I don’t really know how to dance, so to have the opportunity to learn how to dance is fantastic and to be part of this great team is just super!”
“I’m swapping the boardroom for the dancefloor! I haven’t had the easiest of lives – I lost a lot of years in my twenties and also when Richard was sick. So I feel like this is my mad moment now! I never danced before in my life – so it’s certainly a challenge but I’m sure it’ll be great fun and I’ll have a laugh while I’m doing it.”
Former bodybuilder & fitness model
“I’m feeling nervous – I’m bricking it, I’m actually bricking it – it really is nerve wrecking. I took a long maternity leave so it’s great to get back out to the real world and I hope to conquer my fear about what other people think of me. I also love to dance – so this is very exciting!”
Former Munster rugby player
“I’m feeling massively excited but pretty nervous too! It’s daunting as well to consider what’s ahead but hopefully it will be a bit of craic and I will learn to dance, while embracing a new challenge after retiring from professional rugby. I’m sure I’m going to get a slagging too from all the lads, but look, I can’t wait to do it.”
All-Ireland winning camogie captain
“I’m feeling excited, nervous and curious to see if I can actually dance! While I come from competitive sport, this is a totally different type of competition. I’m completely taking myself out of my comfort zone as I’m swapping my football boots for dancing shoes. We all feel the fear when we try something new, so I just want to grab this opportunity and make the most of it while it lasts. It will be great for my fitness too!
Athlete of the Year
“I’m absolutely terrified but I’m really excited. The reality of the competition is hitting home – it’s scary and a big challenge but I’m looking forward to it. I needed something to take me out of my comfort zone. My wife always wound me up about not being able to dance and wrecking our wedding dance and I’ve been asked to leave the dancefloor on a couple of occasions! So hopefully that will change”
“I’m really excited and am so pleased to be taking part in it. It’s something completely different that I’ve never done before and I’m looking forward to learning something new. It’s a huge opportunity – who wouldn’t want to learn how to dance?”
Former Miss Ireland
“I’m feeling super excite. Everything is starting to feel very real now. It’s great to meet everyone else and be part of the team – we’re going to be such a tight knit family going through this time together. It’s a really unique experience – something that money can’t buy and I’ll remember and be proud of for the rest of my life. And hopefully I’ll learn how to drop it like it’s hot in the club after this!”
“I’m excited and nervous but I can’t wait to take part in this season’s Dancing with the Stars. This is a whole new experience for me but what better way to banish the January blues than to take to the dance floor!”
Comedian & broadcaster
“I’m feeling exceptionally nervous, but looking forward to the challenge! I don’t think my wife has ever forgiven me for not doing our first dance at our wedding. I have a genuine fear of dancing. If you were to ask me would you prefer to jump out of a plane without a parachute or dance on live television, I’d say how high is the aeroplane? Jennifer Zamparelli said to me I should step out of my comfort zone and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I think my dance partner will have her work cut out with me – but look, if she can make me dance, she can make anyone dance.”
Author & broadcaster
“I’m incredibly nervous and very excited – as I’m sure everyone else is as well. The only dancing I do is throwing shapes at weddings. I did ballet when I was four – but my career was over by the age of six. If I didn’t say yes to this I was going to be a Christmas elf for Santa’s grotto over the Christmas season – so I thought this was a better option! I also wanted to have a valid reason to buy active wear because I don’t have any”.