Covid-19 causes cancellation of Dancing with the Stars in 2021

Covid-19 causes cancellation of Dancing with the Stars in 2021
Lottie Ryan and Pasquale La Rocca pictured during this year's Dancing with the stars. Photo: Kyran O’Brien Photography/kobpix

RTÉ has announced that Dancing with the Stars will not go ahead in 2021 due to ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19. 

The broadcaster hopes to bring back the series in 2022.

"We are extremely disappointed not to be in a position to produce series five of Dancing with the Stars in 2021," said John McHugh, RTÉ's Head of Entertainment.

"After much discussion, we feel the risks are too high with a production of this scale to proceed with the series in 2021 and we hope to revisit the show in 2022.

We understand that the many fans of the series will be disappointed with this decision. However, given the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19 and our duty of care, we believe this decision is the right one.

"We will continue to work with Larry Bass and ShinAwiL on other projects and will be conducting ongoing discussions with them and the BBC to try and bring back Dancing with the Stars in 2022."

Dancing with the Stars is hosted by Nicky Byrne and Jennifer Zamparelli, with Julian Benson, Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond on the judging panel.

This year's competition was won by Lottie Ryan.

RTÉ will announce a full autumn schedule of programming and content across television, radio and online services in the coming weeks.

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