Dancing With The Stars judges Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond have both backed Love Island star Maura Higgins to take part in an upcoming season of the show.

Higgins, who is currently dating Dancing With The Stars pro-dancer Curtis Pritchard after meeting him in the villa, captured hearts when she appeared in the last season of Love Island.

Loraine Barry said she would be an ideal contestant for the popular dancing competition which will be returning to screens in January.

Speaking to The Irish Mirror, Barry said: "I would absolutely love her on the show especially now she is so in the limelight with Curtis.

"But myself and Brian were both saying we think she will be too busy this time round. But why not book her now for the following year?"

Loraine Barry said Maura would be perfect for DWTS as she's in the limelight with Curtis

Fellow judge Brian Redmond has also alleged that Longford model Higgins caught sight of Pritchard before they met in the villa.

He told the newspaper: "Maura knows the show because she has been a brand ambassador for Bellamianta, who are the tanning company for Dancing With The Stars.

"I believe Maura had been out a few times to watch the show and apparently she and Curtis had cast eyes at each other across a busy dance floor years ago.

"She knows the show and being with Curtis she obviously knows what it involves.

"It would be great to have her on but probably not this year. But I'm sure she will be supporting him in the new series so we will wait and see what happens."

Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond would love Maura Higgins for DWTS

Barry also named her number one choice to take part in Dancing With The Stars - Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy.

She said if he declined to take part she would also love to see fellow broadcaster Ray D'Arcy donning his dancing shoes.

"You know people would tune in to watch them", she explained.

"But I know it’s the commitment and time that you have to put in which holds people back. They are very busy people."

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