Three brand new Dancing With The Stars contestants have been revealed on The Late Late Show tonight.
Ryan Tubridy unveiled Love Island’s Yewande Biala, Britain’s Got Talent star Fr. Ray Kelly and Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Carruth as the next contestants for the show.
The three contestants joined Glenda Gilson, the first of the line-up to be confirmed, on the Friday night talk-show to discuss their participation in the upcoming series.
Speaking about her excitement to appear on the show, 23-year-old Meath native, Yewande said: “I’m super excited, just excited to learn new moves and meet new people.”
“It’ll be interesting to get to know everyone. I just want to enjoy the experience overall really.”
52-year-old boxer Michael Carruth is no stranger to the dance floor, having competed on Celebrity Jigs n Reels in 2006.
Discussing his upcoming appearance, Michael said he is really looking forward to the show.
“I’m hugely excited; it’s a programme we watch as a family all the time, myself, my wife and my kids, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
“I’m a little bit nervous and anxious about it too as I’m completely going out of my comfort zone, but I know what I’m like, I’m in it so I’ll want to win it, that’s the way I am,” he said.
“At 52 years of age I still love to give myself challenges and this is a huge challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”
Another man who is no stranger to show business is 66-year-old Fr. Ray Kelly.
The Catholic priest made it to the semi-finals as a singer on the 2018 series of Britain’s Got Talent.
“I’m very excited but there’s a little bit of apprehension there as well because it’s not singing, if you asked me to sing ten songs… no problem, but no I have to use my feet and we’re into a whole different ball game when I have to use the feet,” he said.
“So I’m hoping that it won’t be two left feet all the time and that I’ll be able to get it together, but from watching it on television it sounds so exciting and it’s great to be part of such a great production so I look forward to the weeks ahead.”
Yewande Biala, Michael Carruth, Fr. Ray Kelly and Glenda Gilson will join Lottie Ryan, Grainne Gallanagh, Sinead O’Carroll and Ryan Andrews on the show, with three more contestants yet to be confirmed.
Big Brother star and Dublin native, Brian Dowling, is among those rumoured to be competing on the show after he was pictured at rehearsal studios with pro-dancer Laura Nolan.
Returning to RTE One at 6.30 pm on Sunday January 5th, Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson will all return to the judging panel.
Meanwhile, Nicky Byrne and Jennifer Zamperelli will once again host the 12-week series.