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Big Brother star lined up to star on RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars

The show is set to air on RTE next year

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Hughie Maughan is the first celeb lined up to star on RTE’s Dancing With The Stars.

The Big Brother star was a hugely popular contestant on the Channel 5 show for breaking down traveller stereotypes in the U.K. – and he supposedly has hopes to do the same in Ireland.

“Doing Big Brother in the UK allowed Hughie to break down prejudice against Travellers and gay people in Britain.

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There are reportedly 11 dancer contracts finalised for the RTE competition – and the BBC, who own the Strictly format, had a final say on who would perform on the Irish show.

“Appearing on Dancing With The Stars on RTE will help him do the same in Ireland. But Hughie wants to win,” the source told the Irish Sun.

“The BBC knew Hughie from UK Big Brother unlike many of the Irish celebs RTE shortlisted for Dancing With The Stars. The BBC thought Hughie would be perfect.”

The RTE show is set to air early next year.