RTÉ has announced that Dancing with the Stars will not go ahead in 2021 due to ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19. 

RTÉ hopes to bring back the series in 2022. 

"We are extremely disappointed not to be in a position to produce series five of Dancing with the Stars in 2021," RTÉ's Head of Entertainment, John McHugh, said.

"After much discussion, we feel the risks are too high with a production of this scale to proceed with the series in 2021 and we hope to revisit the show in 2022."

He continued, "We understand that the many fans of the series will be disappointed with this decision. However, given the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19 and our duty of care, we believe this decision is the right one.

"We will continue to work with Larry Bass and ShinAwiL on other projects and will be conducting ongoing discussions with them and the BBC to try and bring back Dancing with the Stars in 2022."

DWTS presenter Nicky Byrne said he was "saddened" by the news, but that "I fully understand the decision taken and in order to protect our wonderful little country we must make these sacrifices."

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Professional dancer Karen Byrne took to Instagram to reflect on her time with the series, posting images with each of her celebrity contestants. Karen previously danced to glitterball glory with Jake Carter. She said she was sad to see that the show would not take place next year, saying it has been the best experience of her life to be involved with it.

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Reigning champion Lottie Ryan said she is "heartbroken" for all involved with the show.

"This show brought so much joy into my life & allowed me to work with the most incredible cast & crew," she said.

"Our TV's won’t sparkle quite as much this year, but, I hope they’ll be back (with even more sequin & glitter!) next year."

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RTÉ will announce a full autumn schedule of programming and content across television, radio and online services in the coming weeks.