The first six couples for the new series of Dancing with the Stars, returning this Sunday at 6.30pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, have been unveiled.

Twelve celebrity hopefuls and their professional dance partners will take to the floor to try to win the coveted glitterball trophy, with the remaining couples to be revealed on Thursday.

Celebrity and Pro Dancer Couple Reveal: Aengus Mac Grianna and Emily Barker

Having made the final last season, Emily will be hoping she can go one step further and win the glitterball with this year's partner Aengus.

Celebrity and Pro Dancer Couple Reveal: Ellen Keane and Stephen Vincent

Going for gold, Paralympic swimming champion Ellen joins Stephen as he returns to DWTS for his second series.

Celebrity and Pro Dancer Couple Reveal: Jordan Conroy and Salome Chachua

Ireland's Rugby Sevens star Jordan and new pro dancer Salome hope his positive and hardworking attitude and her wealth of experience from DWTS in Georgia will lead them to the final.

Celebrity and Pro Dancer Couple Reveal: Missy Keating and Ervinas Merfeldas

Missy is taking to the floor with new Irish pro Ervinas. The enthusiastic duo hope it's a case of best foot forward as DWTS unfolds.

Celebrity and Pro Dancer Couple Reveal: Gráinne Seoige and John Nolan

Gráinne partners former DWTS champion John. The TV presenter will hope that by learning to jive with John, they will waltz away with the trophy.

Celebrity and Pro Dancer Couple Reveal: Nicolas Roche and Karen Byrne

Former cyclist and Olympian Nicolas and former DWTS winner Karen are working hard in the studio, ready to shimmy their way to the floor with full force.

Presenters Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will be back to host the sparkliest show from this weekend, alongside judges Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond.

Joining the judging panel this year is dancer and acclaimed choreographer Arthur Gourounlian, who is also the husband of former Dancing with the Stars contestant Brian Dowling.

Judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Arthur Gourounlian

Watch Dancing with the Stars, Sunday, 9 January, 6:30pm, RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.

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