Young Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe, former Munster and Ireland scrum half Peter Stringer, and country singer Cliona Hagan have been announced as the final competitors of the new series of Dancing With The Stars.
They will join Fair City actress Clelia Murphy, Gaelic footballer Denis Bastick, TV presenter Mairead Ronan, comedian Fred Cooke, model Holly Carpenter, TV presenter Darren Kennedy, and Mrs Brown’s Boys actress Eilish O’Carroll when the show returns this January.
Appearing with his fellow dancers on Friday night’s Late Late Show, Demi Isaac Oviawe said: "I’m so excited to be involved in this year’s show. I can’t wait to get started and learn a new skill. I’m hoping that I can be a role model for young black women in Ireland and maybe some might even follow in my dance steps!"
Her fellow dancer Stringer said: "I’ve never danced on a dance floor before so going from that to dancing in front of a live audience will be a whole new experience for me. I’m nervous but up for the challenge!"
Country music star Cliona Hagan said: "I’m very excited, nervous, and a little apprehensive, but overall I’m feeling great and can’t wait to see how far I can push myself."
Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will join forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars.
Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 6th January, 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 at the end of the series.
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 our 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.
Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy will be back on Friday, 4th January on RTÉ One.
Each week Can’t Stop Dancing will go behind the scenes to capture all the glitz, glamour and gossip back stage and get the low down from the judges, the professional dancers and the stars.