Dancing with the Stars judge Julian Benson has been forced to pull out of Sunday's show due to illness, with former Strictly Come Dancing champion Darren Bennett set to sit in as guest judge on the night.

Following the cancellation of Benson's scheduled Late Late Show appearance alongside fellow judges Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond, it had been hoped that the ebullient expert would recover in time. However, Barry and Redmond told Late Late host Ryan Tubridy that Sunday's show had come too soon for their friend and colleague. 

"I wasn't expecting this this week, I have to say," said guest judge Bennett, who also works behind the scenes on Dancing with the Stars as a creative producer. "I really wanted to borrow one of Julian's jackets but there's just no way - he's taken them all with him." 

With perhaps an eye to the next season of Dancing with the Stars, Barry and Redmond cajoled Tubridy into trying out some Tango moves. 

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Redmond said the presenter's efforts were "pretty decent", but the man himself said he was "mortified".

However, when Redmond asked the Late Late audience if they would like to see Tubridy compete on Dancing with the Stars next year, the response was unanimous.

"We could sign him up now, couldn't we?" asked Barry.

The campaign has begun!

The Dancing with the Stars team are also keeping a watchful eye on professional dancers Ryan McShane and Kai Widdrington in the build-up to Sunday. 

Denise McCormack and Ryan McShane in action earlier in the series

McShane, who is partnering Red Rock star Denise McCormack, has been suffering from tonsillitis this week and had to attend A&E.

The couple received the second highest score from the judges, 26, on last Sunday's show. 

Katherine Lynch and Kai Widdrington in action on last Sunday's show

Widdrington, who is partnering comic Katherine Lynch, has also been unwell and was unable to rehearse on Friday. The couple received 16 points from the judges last Sunday night. 

Dancing with the Stars, Sunday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm