As revealed on The Ray D'Arcy Show tonight, television presenter Brian Dowling is set to join the line up for the new series of Dancing with the Stars on its returns to screens in January on RTÉ One.

Brian Dowling came to fame in the Big Brother house and is the latest addition to what will be something of a star-studded dance floor in the New Year. 

 "I’m super excited because everyone knows the show, " declared Dowling. "It’s on all over the world and to get to dance on one of the biggest shows on Irish television is phenomenal. 

"But I am more nervous about this than anything else I’ve ever done as it’s based on your ability to learn a new skill and at my age I’m in my comfort zone...so I’m really pushing myself.  When I reached 40 I told myself I was going to start doing things I usually say no to and this is one of those things. 

"But it’s great opportunity and I always think the older you get the less opportunities become available to you, so my new lease on life is to say yes a little more and do things that challenge me... so that’s the plan."

The final two celebrities to complete the full line up will be revealed on Monday next on Today with Maura and Daithi on RTÉ One.