Amanda Byram will make her grand return to Irish television as she’s set to host RTE’s Dancing With The Stars.
Although the brunette beauty has spent most of her presenting career in the UK and the US, she’s set to return to her homeland to host the Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing, which will air in January over a period of 12 weeks.
According to the Irish Sun, there were plenty of contenders for the hosting role, including Vogue Williams, Brian Dowling, Deirdre O’Kane and Marty Whelan – but 42-year-old Amanda beat the competition in the end.
“Vogue would have been brilliant doing this on RTE2. But Dancing With The Stars airs on RTE One on Sunday nights,” a source said.
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“RTE feared a gum chewing model DJ was too young and might alienate the older audience of middle Ireland watching on Sunday nights. It’s a Glenroe audience.”
“Amanda started off on Ireland Am seventeen years ago so Middle Ireland would have grown up wither but she also has massive experience on big TV shows in the US and UK,” the show source added.
The second host of the show has not yet been confirmed, but former Westlife star Nicky Byrne, who once made it to the final of BBC’s Strictly, has been hotly tipped for the role.
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“But Nicky’s biggest asset is his boyband, squeaky clean image which is right for the Strictly brand. Having competed on BBC Strictly, he also will be able to identify with the personal struggles contestants face on RTE’s Dancing With The Stars,” an RTÉ source said.
As revealed by the Irish Sun, the much-anticipated show will air on January 8 on RTÉ One, and as well as the main Sunday night show, there will also be a preview programme on Friday nights.
The news comes after the first contestant of RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars was confirmed, and he’s sure to cause a stir.