A celebrity doctor, two comedians, two actresses, a sports broadcaster, a news reporter, a Big Brother contestant, a model, a boyband member, and a Kerry GAA player will all be putting on their dancing shoes for RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars.

The long-awaited line-up for the first Irish version of the international franchise was announced as Eva Orsmond of Celebrity Transformation and Sugar Crash fame, comedians Des Bishop and Katherine Lynch, Aoibhin Garrihy from Fair City, Denise McCormack from Red Rock, RTÉ sports broadcaster Des Cahill, RTÉ reporter Teresa Mannion — who became an overnight social media sensation for her ‘don’t take risks on treacherous roads’ report on Storm Desmond — Dayl Cronin from boyband Hometown, who also appeared on Big Brother, and Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony.

Dr Orsmond said the “opportunity could not have come at a better time in my life”.

“I have always wanted to learn to dance to really focus my time on it but I have never had the time,” she said. “It’s like a dream come true.”

For GAA star Aidan O’Mahony, the show is about “having a laugh and more importantly giving the public a laugh”.

“I’ve never danced in my life which will be obvious to see on the live shows,” he said.

Likewise for comedian Katherine Lynch, who said: “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”.

The one celebrity with some dancing experience is Hometown’s Dayl Cronin.

“I am used to dancing a bit on stage but this is a totally different ball game,” said the boyband star. “Our style is a bit more hip hop and this show is all about ballroom and Latin which are totally alien to me.”

International model Thalia Heffernan has admitted she loves to strut her stuff on the dancefloor.

“I am so excited about participating in the show,” said the Dubliner. “I get to test my mettle in other disciplines — I enjoy any chance to dance and this is an opportunity to show the real me.”

Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will present the first series of Dancing with the Stars next month. The show is expected to be a big ratings earner for the national broadcaster.

Airing on RTÉ One on Sundays at 6.30pm, each celebrity will pair up with a professional dancing partners. Each couple will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the cha-cha to mambo to tango and just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation who along with a panel of judges will rate their efforts.

A preview and behind-the-scenes show, Can’t Stop Dancing will be broadcast on Friday nights, hosted by Blathnaid Treacy.


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