Dancing With The Stars contestant Marty Morrissey has said he sees the competition as a personal challenge that is taking him out of his comfort zone.
Morrissey is among the new batch of celebrity contestants taking part in Dancing With The Stars Ireland this year, and he will dance his first dance live on air when the show kicks off tomorrow evening on RTÉ One.
With final preparations and rehearsals underway, Morrissey said that he is there for "the fun and craic."
"I'm here to try. It's a challenge, it's a personal challenge. When I was asked I was genuinely very hesitant about it, and it was definitely a no, but then others persuaded me and I said ok," he told RTÉ Entertainment.
"So I bought into it on the basis that I'm here for the fun and craic, it's outside my comfort zone completely and I've never done this so it's a real challenge."
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Morrissey has been partnered with professional dancer Ksenia Zsikhotska, who mentored Dayl Cronin for last year's first season.
"We're getting on great.. She's just a brilliant dancer and she is very patient with me because I feel very clumsy and awkward, to be honest with you, and you think you have a step and you don't, and then you have maybe five steps and the music is played and it all goes pear shaped," he said.
"They're brilliant dancers, and considering the level they're at, in the world of the GAA you'd say, 'You're all All-Ireland Champion and I'm a Junior B hurler from West Clare."
Dancing With The Stars begins on Sunday, January 7 at 6.30pm on RTÉ One.