Partners revealed for Dancing with the Stars swap week
The partnerships for Sunday's Dancing with the Stars swap night special have all been revealed.
The eight remaining celebrities have spent the last few months getting to know their dance partners, but they will be taken out of their comfort zone this week as they will temporarily be switching partners.
Understandably, none of the contestants will be eliminated on Sunday night, but scores earned on the show will be carried forward and added to next week's total, which will decide the next exiting dancer. Every step counts!
Comedian Deirdre O’Kane and her new partner for switch up week Vitali Kozmin will perform an american smooth to Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.
Deirdre commented "Vitali is a master at what he does and he is amazing - but ONE week is enough!"
Broadcaster Anna Geary and Ryan McShane are dancing together this week and will perform a viennese waltz to Say You Love Me by Jesse Ware.
Speaking about the new coupling Anna said "This week is going to throw a brand new experience at us, having a new partner will be exciting but also nerve wracking. It’s a new way of learning...I’ve spent two months with Kai getting to know him, but now you have to trust someone new almost immediately.
"Kai's style is very encouraging and easy going. We work hard but we laugh a lot too. Erin has nothing but good things to say about Ryan though so that’s reassuring, but it’s still a little intimidating..."
Also revealed this week as switch up partners are broadcaster Bernard O’Shea and his pro-dance partner Karen Byrne.
Bernard said "I was sure it was going to be Marty Morrissey, Vitali (pro-dancer) or Lorraine (judge). I think Loraine has a soft spot for me as she literally asked me out live on telly. So I was shocked but happy to see it was Karen. Hopefully she’ll let me do my Belly-Belly-Bum-Bum dance live on television this Sunday night!".
Model Alannah Beirne and her dance partner for the week Kai Widdrington will perform a tango to Green Light by Lorde.
Alannah commented "I’m very excited, but I don’t think Anna is though! Our challenges might be my height, but we’ll work around it. I’m really excited about Sunday night's show and hopefully we’ll get to party afterwards!"
Athlete Rob Heffernan will dance a quickstep to L.O.V.E. By Gregory Porter with Ksenia Zsikhotska.
Rob said about the switch up "Ksenia is lovely and a really nice person. She has a very good heart – but she’s also a bit mad and I like a bit of madness!"
GAA correspondent Marty Morrissey has been partnered with Emily Barker and they will dance a jive to Crocodile Rock by Elton John.
Speaking about the switch up Marty said: "Goodbye Rob and Hello Marty! Emily has been a joy to work with this week.
"It was great to get to know her and I hope that the improvements I’ve made will be showcased on Sunday night."
Fitness model Erin McGregor and John Nolan are partnered this week and will dance a quickstep to Life's about to Get Good by Shania Twain.
Reflecting on the swap Erin said "John has the patience of a saint and I’m hoping by the end of the week I’ll have legs like Deirdre!"
Musician Jake Carter will dance with Valeria Milova and they will perform a samba to Mi Gente by J Balvin, Willy William feat Beyonce.
The switch is proving tricky for Jake who is finding it all a bit odd. "Switch-up week is very strange, I don’t know if I like it that much! Valeria is lovely, she’s a great dancer and we’re getting on great but she’s not Karen! I can’t wait to get back to normal."
Catch all of the remaining celebrities dealing with switch-up week and a new dance routine on Dancing with the Stars this Sunday evening on RTÉ One at 6.30pm.