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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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Our fave Love Island babe, Caroline Flack has reportedly called off her engagement to Andrew Brady.

The Sun has claimed this is due to Caroline believing that Andrew is "full of lies."

The 38-year-old began dating the Apprentice participant, Andrew, in January of this year.

Clearly they enjoy living life in the fast-lane, as three months later Caroline announced on the gram that the 27-year-old had popped the question. 

Andrew took to Insta stories to reveal the news, which according to a friend of the presenter, wasn't the way she wanted to do it. (Not cool, dude). 

According to The Sun, the source said: "Caroline is so sad about what has happened."

"She’s disappointed that Andrew has decided to make this public at this stage. She had hoped to deal with this privately.

"At this point she feels like he has used her so much, and that he’s full of lies," alleged the source.

 

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In a statement to The Sun, Caroline confirmed the break-up news.

“I’m sad to announce that Andrew and I have decided to part ways. Unfortunately it was not to be.

"I wish him all the best. At least there’s a Villa waiting for me. It’s back to the ol’ grafting.”

We'd LIVE for the moment Caroline rocks up as a Love Island contestant. 

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With Laura Whitmore quitting the show and the impending ban on reality TV competitors, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here seems to be undergoing a major makeover.

And since she’s already claimed the Queen of the Jungle title, Geordie Shore’s Vicky Pattison is heading back to Oz in search of her next gig.

Fresh from her stint on the Loose Women panel, the reality TV star will be joining comedian Chris Ramsey, EastEnders’ Joe Swash and X Factor’s Stacey Solomon to present the new I’m A Celeb… spin-off show, I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp.

According to The Sun, the new show will replace Laura Whitmore’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now!.

A source told the paper that as last year’s winner Vicky was mad to return to the show, but “while she was always the front-runner [for Laura’s job], ITV took their time with the decision”.

I’m A Celeb… will return to screens this November.

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Since Sir Terry Wogan passed away, the tributes have been pouring in from across the world.

Presenters, friends, actors, have all given us a little glimpse into the life of Terry Wogan, but one radio presenter wrote the most touching tribute you could ask for.

2FM's Will Leahy wrote a tribute on Facebook, and probably said what most of us felt about Sir Terry:

And Terry had all the warmth in the world. But it wasn't just the way he spoke or the sound of his voice, Terry seemed to have it all:

As we all know, when your passionate about your work, it's like going to Disneyland when you sit in your idol's studio, or speak to them over the phone:

We couldn't agree more with Will. Terry will live on in our hearts as one of the Greats, and from this tribute it's clear to see that he meant a lot of things to a lot of people.

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Each week, we speak to an inspiring go-getter as part of our Rising Stars series.

Here, Emily O'Donnell of IrishTV.ie joins us to candidly talk about her impressive career, breaking world records, E! News – and why the camera just doesn't make her nervous (even if going on dates still does)…

When 32 year-old Leopardstown native, Emily O’Donnell, successfully completed the challenge of wearing a different outfit each day for an entire year back in 2013, she didn’t realise that she had actually set a Guinness World Record.

In the aftermath, she is – unsurprisingly – known for her love of style.

Still, rather refreshingly, these days her interests and skills extend far beyond mere fashion. For example, her show for Irish TV, Wicklow Country Matters, is currently enjoying huge success.

Indeed, with the station having just recently signed a deal to air in the US, the up-and-coming presenter is about to be seen by a whole new audience.

Should luck keep shining on Emily, a position at E! News could also be on the cards: she recently applied for a position at the station's London office.

And regardless of the outcome of that application, Emily – chatty, warm and outgoing – is certainly a natural in front of the camera.

“Normal things, like dates, would make me nervous, but being on television doesn’t make me nervous at all,” she laughs. “I’m completely at ease when I go on air.

"I love chatting to people for my show and I get to meet so many interesting characters too.”  

With a Masters in PR under her belt, Emily kick-started her career by working with fashion clients in consumer PR. Even though she adored the job, she didn’t particularly enjoy being confined to a desk.

Thus, Emily embarked upon a fashion styling course before going on to assist stylist Roxanne Parker on various magazine shoots.

It was only after RTE invited her take part in a pilot for a reality TV series, ICA Boot Camp, that she “really caught the TV bug,” and so was inspired to study TV presentation, production and direction.

As far as Emily’s career highlights go, it’s a toss between presenting for Fashion One TV – where she got to interview Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig – and the aforementioned Guinness world record-setting 365 Style Diary Project

Meanwhile, and although Wicklow County Matters attracts some of the highest viewer ratings on the channel, Emily is not one to rest on her laurels.

An idea she pitched to the station for on Irish milliners and crafts people is currently in production and will run later this year as a six-part series. With so much on her plate, what will happen if E! News comes calling? 

“If I got the job, then yes I would give it a go, but I’m a home bird at heart. To be honest, I love my job at Irish TV and now that it will be viewed in America, my mum won’t be the only one watching me any more!” she laughs.

“I love Ireland too much to make a permanent move, but if E! asked me over, I would probably find it hard to say no!”

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Jimmy Carr was left a little red-faced last night after an inappropriate joke he made got a less-than-desired reaction from the crowd.

The comedian was hosting last night’s Q Awards when he made an ill-conceived “joke” about Oscar Pistorious, who was jailed for five years on Tuesday for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Jimmy was speaking about toilet queues when he said: “So frustrating. All I’m saying is I can see it from Oscar Pistorious’ point of view.”

Rather unfortunately, the comedian didn’t stop there and went on to say: “That’s not the controversial bit. Here it comes…I blame her. If she hadn’t been in that disabled toilet none of this would have happened.”

The crowd were unforgiving and Jimmy’s comments went down like a lead balloon leaving an awkward silence in its wake.

The comedian then tried to loosen the crowd up and shouted at them: “It’s the f***ing Q Awards, come on!”

He wasn’t oblivious to his mess-up and later told The Mirror: “I think it went all right. I’m going to go home and write some new jokes.”

Might be a good move, Jimmy…

Something tells us he won't be getting a gig stateside anytime soon. 

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There is big news this afternoon as Peter O’Riordan has been announced as a new presenter for TV3’s Xposé.

Now, if you think you haven’t heard this name before, we are here to tell you that you have. Oh, you definitely have.

Back when Queen Beyoncé (yes, that is her name) and Jay-Z visited Ireland with their little girl, Blue Ivy, TMZ did a very questionable report in which Peter said that people in Ireland wouldn’t know who they are.

Here's a quick reminder:

TV3 announced the news on their website as well as at the launch, writing: "Peter brings a wealth of experience to Xposé having risen from a Field Producer to Assignment Manager at TMZ's LA offices and he has played a part in breaking some of the biggest pop culture news stories in the world including the deaths of Whitney Houston and Paul Walker, and Jay-Z and Solange's elevator fight."

Peter spoke of his delight at his new position, saying: "After almost four years of working with he number 1 celebrity news outlet TMZ, I am ecstatic to be given the opportunity to work with such an amazing brand and networks being Xposé and TV3."

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Xpose presenter Michelle Doherty welcomed her first child into the world yesterday, and it’s clear to see he’s taken after his parents in the looks department!

The couple shared the first snap of their adorable little boy, and our hearts have just melted!

Thrilled new father Mark O’Shea is holding his new son in the hospital and has captioned the picture on Twitter, “Best feeling in the world.”

Someone pass the tissues!

The couple haven’t announced their little one’s name yet, but we can’t wait to hear what they’ve chosen!

Kieran Harnett

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Newlywed Fearne Cotton has shared the first mega romantic picture from inside her star-studded wedding to Jesse Wood yesterday.

The Radio 1 presenter and her new hubby, son of Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood, are leaning in for a kiss as they share their first dance as husband and wife.

Musician Tom Odell, who performed the first dance track, can be seen sitting at a piano in the background.

Alongside the snap Fearne wrote on Instagram, “The happiest day. So full of love. Family I love. Friends I couldn’t live without. The soul mate. this moment I will never forget. Thank you Tom Odell for this magical moment.”

Later that night, Fearne was snapped arriving at The Ritz Hotel holding onto her strappy silver heels.

Even a gorgeous bride gets sore feet after being in heels all day!

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We were all pretty shocked when Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack announced that she was leaving the show.

Caroline said it was just time to “pass on the baton” to another presenter, in this case, radio host Sarah-Jane Crawford.

But what she failed to mention was that she had her eye on another massive TV gig – Strictly Come Dancing!

Caroline is a big fan of the show, and has reportedly been approached by BBC bosses to be the new presenter for the next series.

Caroline knows it could be her next big step and it would be an extra boost to beat her ex-boss Simon Cowell in the ratings!

While nothing has been set in stone yet, Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole revealed he’d love to see her on the show.

“She’d be great, definitely. That would be amazing,” the 38-year-old dancer said.

Interesting move Caroline!

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We fall in love with Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore’s style more and more every day.

But we barely recognised her with this dramatic new look!

The MTV presenter looked like a completely different girl as she posed for an Instagram snap while on a photoshoot.

Laure ditched her usual red carpet look for something a whole lot more dramatic!

Just look at those cheekbones – we’re not jealous at all!

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Actor and TV presenter James Corden said presenting the BRIT Awards was “horrid” as he was faced with a roomful of people who ignored him.

James has hosted the music ceremony for the past five year but stepped down after the last awards show in February.

Speaking of his role as presenter he said, “It was horrid. It was so much fun the week leading up to it and you get to see the bands, and then it is live and you are in a room full of people that don’t listen to anything you say.

“People who beg for a ticket and then pretend they are too cool to be there. They are chatting, drinking and eating.”

James, 35, admits he will miss the show but thinks the BRITS would benefit from having a younger host.

He added, “I enjoyed doing it and I’m sure when it comes around in February I will miss being a part of it. But it’s time to hand it to someone younger and cooler.”

Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and TV presenter Emma Willis are said to be in the running for the presenter slot.

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