The full line up for season two of Dancing with the Stars has been revealed, writes Denise O’Donoghue.
On The Late Late Show tonight, Ryan Tubridy was joined on the couch by GAA Correspondent and commentator Marty Morrissey, entrepreneur Norah Casey and former fitness model Erin McGregor who exclusively revealed they will take part in the new series of Dancing with the Stars when it returns to RTÉ One in the New Year.
Here’s the full Dancing With The Stars line up:
"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," Marty Morrissey said.
"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," said Norah Casey.
"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."
"I’m feeling nervous - I’m bricking it, I’m actually bricking it – it really is nerve wrecking," said former bodybuilder and fitness model Erin McGregor.
"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."
Grand Slam winning scrum-half and former Munster rugby player Tomás O’Leary will be hoping to swap rugby silverware for a glitterball trophy.
"I’m feeling massively excited but pretty nervous too," he said.
"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.”
Anna Geary, Cork’s All-Ireland winning camogie captain and former Rose of Tralee will bring her competitive edge to the show.
"I’m feeling excited, nervous and curious to see if I can actually dance," Anna said.
"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.
"I want to show young girls that they can play sport and it won’t hamper them getting involved in other activities, such as dancing, or whatever other interests they have. In fact it could help.
"I’m looking forward to wearing glitzy dresses, meeting fabulous people and seeing if I can bust a move on the dancefloor. I’m buzzing to get started."
Newly crowned Athlete of the Year Rob Heffernan is hoping that he will be in for another win.
"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," Rob said.
"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."
Musician Jake Carter will be hoping to add a new string to his bow.
"I’m really excited and am so pleased to be taking part in it," Jake said.
"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 and model Aoife Walsh is used to the catwalk but how does she feel about the Dancing with the Stars challenge.
"I’m feeling super excited. Everything is starting to feel very real now," said Aoife.
"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."
Last Sunday Deirdre O’Kane became the first celebrity contestant to be revealed to the public.
"I’m excited and nervous but I can’t wait to take part in this season’s Dancing with the Stars," Deirdre said.
"This is a whole new experience for me but what better way to banish the January blues than to take to the dance floor."
Hot on the heels of Deirdre O’Kane, fellow comedian and broadcaster Bernard O’Shea confirmed that he will shimmy his way on to show.
Chatting to his colleagues on Breakfast Republic 2FM Bernard said; "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."
Broadcaster and author Maia Dunphy was on The Ryan Tubridy Show to reveal her involvement.
"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," Maia said.
"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."