The Irish version of Dancing with the Stars will launch in the new year and this week RTE revealed that former Big Breakfast, Paradise Hotel and The Swan presenter Amanda Byram will team up with the Irish Eurovision entrant for 2016 and former Westlife star Nicky Byrne to host the show.
The show will replace the recently axed reality singing competition The Voice of Ireland and the rumour mill has already gone into overdrive as to which Irish celebrity personalities will join the dancing line up. Names already mentioned include a number of GAA stars, grumpy TV host Eamonn Dunphy and even Jedward. It has been confirmed however that Riverdance legend Michael Flatley will not be part of the judging panel.
Nicky Byrne is no stranger to the ballroom floor, having competed in the BBC version of the show Strictly Come Dancing. Nicky managed to make it through to week 10 before he and his dance partner Karen Hauer were eliminated.
Byrne has recently embarked on a solo music career releasing his debut album ‘Sunlight’ earlier this year. The lead single from the album also entitled ‘Sunlight’ served as Ireland’s 2016 Eurovision song, but failed to qualify for the final.
The follow up single ‘Explosion’ was released shortly after. The announcement of Nicky joining the hosting team for Dancing with the Stars sees him expand on his presenting portfolio, having hosted his own radio show since 2014 and now adding to his TV presenting roles including hosting the National Lotto Quiz, CD:UK and acting as the spokesperson for Ireland at Eurovision for a number of years.