We went behind the scenes of the final episode of Dancing with the Stars to chat to judge Brian Redmond to find out if he ever got to try one of judge Julian's jackets on for size and to ask which star impressed him most.

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During his career, Brian won eight All-Ireland Ballroom, Latin and show dance champions. At the beginning of the show, he said he knew he would be strict when it came to judging the celebrities.

“I’ll be expecting more than for celebrities to just take part. It’s a massive commitment and if I don’t feel like they’re giving it their all, I’ll have to pull them up on it.”

DWTS Judges
Julian, Loraine and Brian

The celeb contestants were put through their paces over the course of twelve weeks with non-stop training and rehearsals; we asked Brian which star impressed him the most in terms of their fitness and training.

The judge told RTÉ LifeStyle that although winner Aidan O'Mahony is in "fabulous shape" and Des Cahil has transformed in front of his eyes, it was funny man Des Bishop that impressed him the most.

"He hasn't been in the shape that he's been in for ten years. Now, he only did half the competition and wasn't in bad shape coming into it."

Des Bishop
Des Bishop performing with partner Giulia Dotta

Brian was equally impressed with Katherine Lynch's transformation but noted that the most important part of the show was for all the contestants to try something new and exciting.

"They've had great fun, they've all got to experience something that they haven't experienced before, huge sense of comradery around the set - everybody's had an absolute ball."

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Finally, we had to ask if the ballroom star ever got a chance to try on one of Judge Julian's jackets.

"It's funny when people come and visit us in our changing rooms, it's definitely one of the photographs that everybody wants to get is 'Can I try one of Julian's jackets on?'."

Judge Julian
Judge Julian

However, when it comes to his own style, Brian says he prefers a more tailored look. We can only hope that someone will someday share a photo of Brian wearing one of Julian's glitziest jacket - we know it's out there!