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The first celebrity confirmed for RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars has been revealed

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Glenda Gilson has been announced as the first star to don her sequins and hit the dance floor on the next season of RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars.

The well known television presenter will step outside her comfort zone when she swaps the television studio for the dance studio in a bid to become the new champion.

Speaking about taking part in DWTS, Glenda said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of Dancing with the Stars. I’ve always been a big fan of the show but now that I’m here and I’m in costume, I’m ready to rock.”

“I’m kind of a little bit scared to be honest with you; I’m not a dancer, so this is totally out of my comfort zone, I’ve never danced before. But I’ve loved watching the show on TV so I’m really thrilled to be part of it.”

“I can’t wait to learn how to dance, so hopefully I do that during the Christmas period and I won’t make a show of myself when I get on the live shows in January.”

The next celebrity dancers to join Glenda will be announced on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday 2 December.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will reunite this January to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars.


Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 5 January at 6.30pm, a total of 11 celebrities will partner with their professional dancers as they take on a brand new challenge and change their daily routines for dance routines.

Each will be hoping to claim the much-coveted glitter ball trophy at the end of the series.

The couples will tackle a different dance genre each week from the Paso Doble to the Viennese waltz and will have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing it live to the nation.

Also returning this year is the fabulous panel of judges: Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson.

Judge Julian Benson | kobpix

They will cast their expert eyes over the dancers each week and judge them on their performances.

Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by both the judges and the viewing public at home.