Johnny Ward has become the latest contestant confirmed for the upcoming new season of RTÉ One's Dancing with the Stars.

Familiar to audiences for his bad boy performances, the actor was announced on RTÉ One's Today with Maura and Dáithí and he will now don his dancing shoes and set his eyes on the coveted glitter ball trophy.

Speaking about taking part in Dancing with the Stars Johnny said: "For once I get to be a gentleman rather than a psychotic gangster, kidnapper or clamper!

"I’m really looking forward to joining the show and leaning a new skill. The nerves are there but I’m up for the challenge and loving every minute of the experience."

Johnny will join Denis Bastick, Clelia Murphy, Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on season three of the hugely successful show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will join forces this year to present the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

Jennifer Zamparelli to co-host Dancing with the Stars alongside Nicky Byrne

Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday January 6, a total of 11 celebrities will pair up with their professional dancing partners as they step out of their comfort zones and onto the dancefloor, each hoping to claim the much-coveted glitter ball trophy.

Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the paso doble to the waltz and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation. 

Also returning this year is the expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson. Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing public at home.

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