The full line up for season two of Dancing with the Stars has finally been revealed.
On The Late Late Show tonight, Ryan Tubridy was joined on the couch by GAA Correspondent and commentator Marty Morrissey, entrepreneur Norah Casey and former fitness model Erin McGregor – who exclusively revealed they will take part in the new series of Dancing with the Stars when it returns to RTÉ One in the New Year.
Also joining Bernard O’Shea, Deirdre O’Kane, and Maia Dunphy, is Jake Carter, Rob Heffernan, Anna Geary, Tomás O’Leary, and Aoife Walsh.
Check out the full line-up below:
Speaking about his participation in the hit television show, Marty Morrissey said, “I am delighted but I am nervous!”
“It’s an opportunity of a life time to do something way outside my comfort zone – so here goes! I don’t really know how to dance, so to have the opportunity to learn how to dance is fantastic and to be part of this great team is just super!”
Entrepreneur Norah Casey said, “I’m swapping the boardroom for the dancefloor! I haven’t had the easiest of lives – I lost a lot of years in my twenties and also when Richard was sick.
“So I feel like this is my mad moment now! I never danced before in my life – so it’s certainly a challenge but I’m sure it’ll be great fun and I’ll have a laugh while I’m doing it.”
UFC star Conor McGregor’s sister, who is a former bodybuilder and fitness model, Erin McGregor said, “I’m feeling nervous – I’m bricking it, I’m actually bricking it – it really is nerve wrecking.”
“I took a long maternity leave so it’s great to get back out to the real world and I hope to conquer my fear about what other people think of me. I also love to dance – so this is very exciting!”
Grand Slam winning scrum-half and former Munster rugby player Tomás O’Leary will be hoping to swap rugby silverware for a glitterball trophy, “I’m feeling massively excited but pretty nervous too!”
“It’s daunting as well to consider what’s ahead but hopefully it will be a bit of craic and I will learn to dance, while embracing a new challenge after retiring from professional rugby. I’m sure I’m going to get a slagging too from all the lads, but look, I can’t wait to do it.”
Anna Geary, Cork’s All-Ireland winning camogie captain and former Rose of Tralee will bring her competitive edge to the show.
Anna said, “I’m feeling excited, nervous and curious to see if I can actually dance! While I come from competitive sport, this is a totally different type of competition. I’m completely taking myself out of my comfort zone as I’m swapping my football boots for dancing shoes.”
“We all feel the fear when we try something new, so I just want to grab this opportunity and make the most of it while it lasts. It will be great for my fitness too! I want to show young girls that they can play sport and it won’t hamper them getting involved in other activities, such as dancing, or whatever other interests they have. In fact it could help.
“I’m looking forward to wearing glitzy dresses, meeting fabulous people and seeing if I can bust a move on the dancefloor. I’m buzzing to get started!”
Newly crowned Athlete of the Year Rob Heffernan is hoping that he will be in for another win, “I’m absolutely terrified but I’m really excited. The reality of the competition is hitting home – it’s scary and a big challenge but I’m looking forward to it.”
“I needed something to take me out of my comfort zone. My wife always wound me up about not being able to dance and wrecking our wedding dance and I’ve been asked to leave the dancefloor on a couple of occasions! So hopefully that will change.”
Musician Jake Carter will be hoping to add a new string to his bow, “I’m really excited and am so pleased to be taking part in it.”
“It’s something completely different that I’ve never done before and I’m looking forward to learning something new. It’s a huge opportunity – who wouldn’t want to learn how to dance?”
Former Miss Ireland and model Aoife Walsh is used to the catwalk but how does she feel about the Dancing with the Stars challenge, “I’m feeling super excite. Everything is starting to feel very real now. It’s great to meet everyone else and be part of the team – we’re going to be such a tight knit family going through this time together.”
“It’s a really unique experience – something that money can’t buy and I’ll remember and be proud of for the rest of my life. And hopefully I’ll learn how to drop it like it’s hot in the club after this!”
Last Sunday, Deirdre O’Kane became the first celebrity contestant to be revealed to the public.
Speaking about taking part in Dancing with the Stars this year Deirdre said, “I’m excited and nervous but I can’t wait to take part in this season’s Dancing with the Stars.”
“This is a whole new experience for me but what better way to banish the January blues than to take to the dance floor!”
Hot on the heels of Deirdre O’Kane, fellow comedian and broadcaster Bernard O’Shea confirmed that he will shimmy his way on to show.
Chatting to his colleagues on Breakfast Republic 2FM Bernard said, “I’m feeling exceptionally nervous, but looking forward to the challenge! I don’t think my wife has ever forgiven me for not doing our first dance at our wedding.”
“I have a genuine fear of dancing. If you were to ask me would you prefer to jump out of a plane without a parachute or dance on live television, I’d say how high is the aeroplane.
“Jennifer Zamparelli said to me I should step out of my comfort zone and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I think my dance partner will have her work cut out with me – but look, if she can make me dance, she can make anyone dance.”
Broadcaster and author Maia Dunphy was on The Ryan Tubridy Show to reveal her involvement saying, “I’m incredibly nervous and very excited – as I’m sure everyone else is as well. The only dancing I do is throwing shapes at weddings.”
“I did ballet when I was four – but my career was over by the age of six. If I didn’t say yes to this I was going to be a Christmas elf for Santa’s grotto over the Christmas season – so I thought this was a better option! I also wanted to have a valid reason to buy active wear because I don’t have any.”
Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will return once again to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars.
Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from 6.30pm Sunday 7th January, the 11 celebrities will pair up with their professional dancing partners as they step out of their comfort zones and onto the dancefloor, each hoping to claim the much-coveted glitter ball trophy at the end of the series.
Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the paso doble to the waltz and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation.
Also returning this year is their expert panel of judges – including Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson. Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing public at home.