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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.

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If you haven't watched last night's season finale of Love/Hate then what are you doing here?! You're about to read the entire episode in GIF's which, trust us, does it no justice!

If you did watch it, then like us, you may have had an emotionally turbulent time between 10.15-10.30pm last night…

We're still recovering.

Here are the reactions we experienced during last night's episode of Love/Hate:

1. When we were waiting for the action to happen for like, 45 minutes…

2. When poor Janeh got tortured with a saw and we realised Aardn would never get that ‘word’ from Nidge he’d been promised for about six months

3. When we realised Fran wasn’t going to get to kill Nidge after all…

4. When Noely said he was going to ‘smash’ Fran’s back door in…

5. When we realised what he actually meant by that and the pool cue was snapped in half…

6. Everything that happened in that scene after that…

7. When Nadine said she wasn't a prostitute and Ado thoroughly disagreed

8. When Donna called Siobhán ‘chicken’ for the ten millionth time…

9. When Detective Moynihan ate Nidge's tax disc…

10. When we realised we haven't heard Tommy talk in about a year…

11. When Siobhán started shouting at Nidge and wouldn’t stop and Warren wouldn’t go inside

12. When Patrick arrived on the scene and all hell broke loose…

13. When Siobhán lay bleeding (but STILL breathing people!)

14. When Patrick shot Nidge twice (but not once in the head, people!) and Warren was watching, rather calmly we might add

15. When it ended and we realised it would be another year before we find out if King Nidge has lived, if Donna would ever see her chicken alive again, if Fran will ever play a round of pool again and if Leighton would ever get out of that feckin’ apartment and into some fresh air

16. When we decided it was the best episode yet and how much we cannot wait for season six…

 

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The cast of Irish drama Love/Hate didn’t want the celebrations at their wrap party to end so they caught a flight to Spain!

The TV stars are said to have moved the celebrations for finishing the fifth series from Dublin to the Costa Del Sol at the weekend.

Bosses of the hit show splashed out thousands of euro on a wrap party in Dublin but that just wasn’t enough for some of the cast.

It’s understood at least 10 people from the star-studded bash boarded a flight for some fun in the sun.

Laurence Kinlan, who plays Elmo in the fifth series which is to air next autumn, was boasting on Twitter about the epic session, and posted an Instagram photo with the caption: “Jesus it’s warm over here!”

Around 200 members of the cast and crew, including Tom Vaughan-Lawlor who plays Nidge, Fran actor, Peter Coonan and Charlie Murphy who plays Siobhan, were at the wrap party.

The celebrations for the cast and crew may be the last for the group as it has been rumoured that series five is the final hurrah.

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