With her obvious comfort in front of the camera, it would seem that Lottie Ryan was made for Dancing With the Stars. However, as she tells it, it couldn't be a starker change from her usual workday: cosied up in pyjamas and no makeup in the 2fm studio. We caught up with her backstage on Sunday night. 

Blazing onto the DWTS set in Ladies' Week, it was clear that Lottie was going to be fierce competition. With an energetic and dazzling jive, she and pro-dancer partner Pasquale La Rocca set the stage on fire and stomped their way to 20 points. 

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And last week saw her prove it wasn't a fluke, as the 33-year-old stunned with what Judge Brian Redmond called a "top class" contemporary ballroom routine. With Judge Lorraine celebrating her sheer commitment to every character she brings to the dance, it was clear that Lottie could go far. 

That said, she's balancing on her toes in more ways than one, as she juggles a full-time job in 2fm with the grueling rehearsal sessions for the show. 

I'm kind of double-jobbing at the moment", she says. "I'm in 2fm, early morning until after four and then I go straight to the dance studio and we're usually there until around 10. So it's full-on at the moment but it is so much more rewarding than I ever could have expected it to be.

"I could not be loving every second of it more. It's an incredible experience." 

The much-talked about DWTS weight loss has surely made its mark, as Lottie says: "I have to say it's better than having a personal trainer."

"It is so full-on every single day and it's hours of sweating and working parts of your body that you've never worked before - and having fun while you're doing it."

It's clear to see just by looking at her on stage that Lottie is living for every moment up there, but if she ever needed a boost she can get it in the costume department. 

"I swear, the glitz, the glam, the sequins is one of the best parts of doing this show", she laughs. "The costume team who work on this show are incredible. They create the most stunning pieces and when you see them under the lights and on the stage, the colours, it's just absolute perfection. I mean, when else am I going to go around in a diamante bodice?

"Probably not in 2fm, because I go to work generally in pyjamas with no makeup so this is different!"

When juggling so much, it could be easy to drop the ball on self care and looking after your health, physical and mental. For Lottie, going back to basics goes a long way, as does a hefty dose of compassion towards herself.  

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"I think it's really important to get good sleep. Not necessarily long sleep but good quality sleep if you can. I think feeding your body correctly when you're asking it to give so much energy at unusual times is important.

"And also not being too hard on yourself. When you mess up or you miss something or you sleep in or you miss going out with your friends or you're not seeing somebody, go a little easier on yourself, cut yourself a little bit of slack."

Dancing with the Stars continues on RTÉ One this Sunday at 6:30pm.