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The wait has ended, the final three contestants who will be taking part in RTÉ One's hit show Dancing With The Stars have been revealed.

Ryan Tubridy was joined on The Late Late Show couch by legendary rugby hero Peter Stringer, country music goddess Cliona Hagan and Demi Isaac Oviawe, star of The Young Offenders, who each confirmed their new roles on the dance show.

Each of them spoke of their nerves and anticipation in terms of joining the show, which begin in the new year.

Speaking about his participation in the hit television show Peter Stringer said: “I’ve never danced on a dance floor before so going from that to dancing in front of a live audience will be a whole new experience for me. I’m nervous but up for the challenge!”

Country music star Cliona Hagan said: “I’m very excited, nervous, and a little apprehensive, but overall I’m feeling great and can’t wait to see how far I can push myself.”

The Young Offender star Demi Isaac Oviawe spoke of her desire to empower black Irish women: 

“I’m so excited to be involved in this year’s show. I can’t wait to get started and learn a new skill. I’m hoping that I can be a role model for young black women in Ireland and maybe some might even follow in my dance steps!”

The full line up for series three of Dancing with the Stars is officially: Fred Cooke, Cliona Hagan, Demi Isaac Oviawe, Clelia Murphy, Mairead Ronan, Johnny Ward, Eilish O’Carroll, Denis Bastick, Darren Kennedy, Holly Carpenter and Peter Stringer

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne are the duo who will present the newest series of the show, which airs on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 6 January.

The eleven celebrities will pair up with professional dance partners to step out of their comfort zones and compete to snatch the glitter ball trophy.

Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson return again this year to judge the competition with the help of the viewing public.


Former Love/Hate star Johnny Ward has been confirmed as the eighth contestant for RTÉ One's Dancing With The Stars.

Known for his bad boy roles, the actor is choosing to take on his most challenging performance yet- on the dancefloor.

The actor is known for playing the character of Pauley in Love/Hate, and played Gino in Coppers the Musical this year.

He made the announcement on RTÉ One's Today with Maura and Dáithí, saying that his sights are most definitely set on winning the coveted glitter ball trophy.

Speaking about taking part in the hit show, Johnny commented;

"For once I get to be a gentleman rather than a psychotic gangster, kidnapper or clamper! I’m really looking forward to joining the show and leaning a new skill. The nerves are there but I’m up for the challenge and loving every minute of the experience.”

Johnny will now join Clelia Murphy, Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Denis Bastick, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on series three of the show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne are joining forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Each week, 11 celebrities will pair up with professional dance partners and compete to stay in the competition.

The show will start on RTÉ One on Sunday January 6, and is running for 12 weeks. The expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson will be deciding the dancers' fates, as well as the viewing public.

Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy will be back on Friday, January 4 on RTÉ One. 

Get ready for the glitz and glamour of the fight for the glitter ball trophy, luckily the first two weeks have no eliminations.


Former Dublin footballer, not to mention five-time All Ireland winner Denis Bastick has been revealed as the seventh contestant for this year's Dancing With The Stars.

The star sat down with The Nicky Byrne Show on 2FM live to comment on why he swapped his football boots for some dancing shoes to try his hand at winning series three's glitterball;

“I really feel that this will be a great experience for me. It is completely different than anything I have ever done before. Since retiring from Dublin football I always wanted to try new things, I never imagined that this would be one of those things though!"

Commenting further on his career so far, Bastick said;

"Football has given me a huge sense of accomplishment and DWTS is now presenting me with a massive challenge and the opportunity to accomplish something that is in such contrast to what I’m used to."

The contestant also expressed his nerves at the idea of competing at such a high level of dancing, but he's got a whole team of support from his Dublin GAA fanbase.

Speaking about the standard of dance which is expected of the show's participants, Bastick said;

"I am slightly overwhelmed at the task in hand having seen what the dancers can do. They have amazing, athleticism, rhythm and coordination. I have probably one of those qualities so I will really need to put the work in!”

Denis will join Clelia Murphy, Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on series three of the hit show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne are this year's official presenters, and the series will air on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 6 January.

Dancing With The Stars has a grand total of 11 celebrities, who pair up with their professional dancing partners as they cross their boundaries and try an entirely new talent.

Stepping onto the dancefloor to compete for the much-coveted glitter ball trophy, each pair will have a different dancing genre to master every week. The duos will have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live on national television. 

The expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson are returning again this year. The celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing audiences at home.

The treats don't end there for viewers; Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy, will be back on our screens on Friday, 4 January on RTÉ One

All of the glitz, glamour and gossip that happens behind the scenes will be delved into. Get the low down from the judges, the professional dancers and the stars before the main action begins. 

We absolutely CANNOT WAIT for Sunday 6 January, get yourselves ready.


There’s no doubt fans were overjoyed to hear that Westlife are back together again. Shane, Kian, Nicky and Mark made the long-awaited announcement on Instagram earlier this month and have been posting photos together ever since.

Their latest post has sent fans into a frenzy. The foursome posted the same black and white selfie to their Instagram accounts.

All four members captioned the snap: “Tonight 8.30pm.”

Naturally, fans of the boyband started freaking out and flooded the comment section with questions.


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“Is it performance or new songs?!”

“Please let it be a new single!!”

“Does this mean what I think it is? Dates for Westlife?”


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If you take a closer look at the snap of the Swear It Again singers you’ll notice it was taken in Croke Park, Dublin.

Does this mean what we hope it does? Westlife will play their first comeback show at Croke Park? The place where the lads gave their final performance six years ago?


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Let’s hope so.

Keep your eyes peeled on Westlife’s social media account at 8.30 pm tonight. Let the countdown commence.


After never-ending rumours, Westlife finally confirmed they’re getting back together.

The Irish band made the long-awaited announcement on Instagram. The band shared a black and white photo captioned, ”It’s official… we’re back! So excited! #westlife”

The Flying Without Wings singers are set to embark on a huge stadium tour and will also release new music.


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Kian, Nicky, Shane and Mark opened up to The Irish Sun about their reunion.

“We genuinely missed each other and missed the buzz of performing on stage together to all our fans,” said Shane.

The band have been apart for quite some time. They waved goodbye to fans in 2012 but are finally ready to make music again.


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“We still have a lot that we want to achieve as a band and we want to bring our new music to fans all over the world,” Shane added.

2FM presenter Nicky Byrne explained how the break helped them realise just how special Westlife is: “While we were away, we realised what Westlife really meant to the fans — and to us.”

Rumour has it, Ed Sheeran has penned a hit song for the band and we cannot wait to hear it.

Mark teased: “It felt so great to be back in the studio together and hanging out with each other again. It just felt right.”

“We’re fresh, ready and so excited for this new next chapter of Westlife.”

We are beyond excited for Westlife’s reunion. If anyone needs us we’ll be dancing around to If I Let You Go for the remainder of the day.



We have to say we're kinda excited about the Irish version of Dancing With The Stars.

Kicking off on January 8 – just in time for sober nights in – after oodles of speculation it has just now been confirmed that Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne WILL act as hosts.

With a total of 11 celebrities waltzing their way into the nation’s living rooms as they battle it out for the coveted glitterball trophy, Amanda declared this afternoon: “I am thrilled to be working on DWTS.

"For years I have been looking for the right project to bring me back to Irish TV and as soon as I was offered the role I didn't hesitate. The team and I are looking forward to entertaining the nation by combining a much loved format with a uniquely Irish spin.”

Meanwhile, 2FM presenter Nicky Byrne is of course no stranger to the ballroom having donned his dancing shoes for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing where he made it to week ten alongside his partner Karen Clifton.

Nicky stated today: "I am absolutely thrilled to be to be co-hosting Dancing With The Stars. Having been a contestant on the UK show, I know only too well that there is simply no other show like it on TV.

"I am ready and delighted to dust off my Cuban heels and work with Amanda, the judges and all the celebs, in what I believe will be an incredibly exciting show for Irish TV".

The show will air on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from 6.30pm Sunday January 8.

The celebrity contestants be the scored by an expert panel of judges and the viewing public at home. All the contestants will be safe for the first two shows, but after that one dancer and their partner will leave the competition each week.



Well, we didn't really expect this.

Nicky Byrne is known to have a passion for football, having played on teams when he was younger, but now, it looks like he's going to take another stab at it.

The radio presenter joined Baldoyle Grange United, and even won his first match last weekend, despite of the rain.

Nicky took to Twitter to tell his fans the good news:

He wrote: "Deal done on deadline day. I've just signed for Baldoyle Grange United. Great to return to my roots!"

The former Westlife singer even shared a video of his first match:

Fair play, Nicky!



Congratulations to Nicky, 37, and Georgina Byrne, 37, who celebrated their 13-year wedding anniversary yesterday.

The pair married back in 2003 in a civil ceremony which was followed by a church blessing in France where they celebrated with family and friends in a 16th century manor house.

The former Westlife star took to Twitter to share a snap from their romantic day and they look absolutely adorable.

He captioned the post:“Thirteen years married today! Mrs Byrne is still hot as ever!”

We wish them more happy years to come!



He had his fair share of work cut out for him this year when he signed up to do the Eurovision, but it seems that Nicky Byrne might be going down quite a different path now.

Speaking on his show on 2fm, Nicky admitted that he has already been approached by film producers to play a role in the upcoming football flick about English footballer Jamie Vardy.

"The role is Kasper Schmeichel in Leicester City, Jamie Vardy movie," he said on the show.

“The movie is being made and they said to me because I was an ex [goal]keeper would I be interested in screen testing for it.

“So I will be meeting people to see.”

We'd definitely go see him on the big screen!



Nicky Byrne is performing in the semi-finals of the Eurovision tonight, and his former bandmates were more then supportive on social media today.

Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Kian Egan all sent well wishes on Twitter as Nicky prepared for tonight.

Brian McFadden and Nadine Coyle also sent some good luck to Nicky in Stockholm:

And we wish him the best of luck, too! 



Nicky Byrne has revealed that he never wanted to sing again after Westlife split.

The singer is getting ready to represent Ireland at the Eurovision but while talking on BBC Radio 2, he said that he never thought he'd go on after the band went their separate ways.

“We’d say for 14 years, we felt we didn’t finish it early. We were happy enough to see it go,” he told presenter Patrick Keilty.

“I never wanted to sing again after Westlife, to be honest with you, and I don’t mean that in a negative way,” he added.

However, things have changed from when he first left the boyband and now that he has started a solo career, he told Patrick that it's very different from the Westlife days – mostly because Simon Cowell isn't involved.

“Simon Cowell wasn’t screaming at us saying ‘we need to get this out by September’… Of course he did (scream), but we screamed back a few times as well."

Nicky is getting ready to travel to Stockholm next week to rehearse for his first Eurovision performance.

He will compete in the competition on May 12, with hopes to nab a spot in Saturday’s final and (fingers crossed) go on to win.



He kept his mouth super-glued shut at first, but now Nicky Byrne has opened up about Brain McFadden's Boyzlife.

While speaking to The Irish Daily Star, Nicky revealed that none of his former Westlife bandmates wanted to join the supergroup.

Brian previously insisted that the other members of Westlife and Boyzone were welcome to join in their tour, but Nicky says that that wasn't the case.

“I get on with Brian but the Boyzlife thing was probably sold, maybe by accident, by Brian and Keith thinking that maybe some of us would join, that the door was open for us to join but the reality of it is that none of the members of Westlife were ever going to join,” he told the paper.

Brian also hinted that Boyzlife might see a Westlife reunion, but Nicky said it was "never true."

"I mean that was just never true from our point of view. I wish them the best but it’s not for me,” he said.

The 2FM presenter also insisted that if Westlife ever got back together, it would be for a world tour rather than a tour around hotels in Ireland and England.

“I think if you’re going to have a laugh, tell some stories and sing some songs, why not?”

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