Model Gráinne Gallanagh has been confirmed as the fifth contestant for the new series of Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One.

She joins B*Witched singer Sinéad O'Carroll, 2FM's Lottie Ryan, Fair City actor Ryan Andrews and Virgin Media presenter Glenda Gilson in the line-up. A further six contestants have yet to be announced. 

Gallanagh, a former Miss Universe Ireland, said the start of the show cannot come quick enough for her.
"We've had a taste of the glitz and glamour already with the photoshoots etc, but I actually cannot wait to get stuck into rehearsals and then for the live shows to begin.  

"I'm going to try my absolute best"

"I am nervous though about picking up the dances quick enough, but I'm going to try my absolute best and bring in my competitive spirit, while enjoying the experience overall."

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will be back as hosts when the new series begins on RTÉ One on Sunday, January 5 at 6:30pm. They will be joined by returning judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson, with a new DWTS podcast hosted by James Patrice airing every Monday.

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