"Before I went out on stage I was in the toilets going 'don't get sick, don't get sick'," says Lottie Ryan, describing her first night on RTÉ One's Dancing with the Stars.
The 2fm radio presenter joined Ryan Andrews, Glenda Gilson, Gráinne Gallanagh, Sinéad O'Carroll, Yewande Biala, Michael Carruth, Aidan Fogarty, Mary Kennedy, Fr. Ray Kelly, and Brian Dowling on the dancefloor for a group number and is gearing up for her first performance with pro-dance partner Pasquale LA Rocca this Sunday.
Despite a sting spent teaching hip-hop to children, the 33-year-old insists that this competition is completely out of her comfort zone: "It's very different going from a dance studio to a stage setting with people judging you. It's a whole other ballgame," she said.
"And on top of that, you're in a sparkly swimsuit which is not my everyday attire. I work in radio, I wear no makeup, runners and trackies into work every day."
Speaking of the glitz and glamour of the show, Ryan says that she plans to embrace the make-up and costumes every week, using it as a way to enhance her performance.
"I think you have to become a character, because I don't usually wear orange sequin swimsuits with pink frills around my bum. When I step out I become a different kind of character. You have to just embrace it. I think the costumes, the sets, the props, the lighting, when it all comes together it just looks so good. It looks so well that it helps all of us to give it that extra 100%.
Although working in the entertainment industry can bring a touch of glamor to life from time to time, Lottie insists that taking part in a show like this brings things to a whole other level. After all, no one does glitter and tan like Dancing with the Stars.
"It's a whole other type of glam," she agrees. "On the show days, they start you in hair and makeup really early in the morning and then we do rehearsals and camera blocking and that sort of stuff. By the time the real show was on, I think I had five faces of makeup on me because I'd sweated it off so many times."
"But that's half the fun," she continued. "It's doing your hair and makeup in ways you never would normally do it and just being somebody different for the evening and just saying 'do you know what, I'm just going for it'."
Having being exposed to a world of full-body glitter and bullet-proof hairspray, will the broadcaster bring some of the glam into her everyday life or is it too high maintenance for her taste?
"It's definitely too high maintenance! Sure I'm not doing it myself, you're in there with professionals who know what they're doing. So much thought and planning goes into the costumes, the hair, the makeup.
"They spend so long, so many meetings, organising your look. So you come in and these people have put so much effort and thought into it, you just give yourself to them and you say, 'do with me what you want, I trust you and this is what it's all about'.
- Interview conducted by Sarah McIntyre
Dancing with the Stars continues on RTÉ One this Sunday at 6:30pm.