Irish celebs react to the cancellation of Dancing with the Stars

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It’s one of our favourite shows on tv, but earlier this week RTE revealed that Dancing with the Stars won’t be airing again until at least 2022.

Due to restrictions surrounding Covid-19 and concerns for the health and well-being of everyone involved, show bosses decided to push it back for almost two years.

Saddened by the news, DWTS hosts, professional dancers and past participants took to social media to share their heartbreak.

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Nicky Byrne said, “It’s an incredible show to be a part of and I have had so many brilliant times co-hosting over the four seasons, however, I fully understand the decision taken and in order to protect our wonderful little country we must make these sacrifices.

“Safety of our crew, each other and our front-line workers is always the priority. The current climate has thrown up many challenges and COVID 19 has affected every corner of society.

“My thoughts are now with the crew who work on the show and find themselves in uncertainty. The stylists, make up artists, dancers, camera crew, producers, choreographers, caterers, audio, graphics – the list is endless. Let’s hope we can all get through this as soon as possible and enjoy some positivity down the road.”

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Lottie Ryan won the latest season of the show with Pasquale La Rocca, said, “I am heartbroken for all my DWTS family this evening at the news the show will not be returning this year due to COVID-19.

“This show brought so much joy into my life and allowed me to work with the most incredible cast and crew. From meeting my amazing partner Pasquale to the amazing pro dancers, the creative team, production, costume and lighting. Our TVs won’t sparkle quite as much this year, but, I hope they’ll be back next year.”


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Professional dancer Ryan McShane took a minute to reflect on the last four years, and shared his gratitude for being part of this project, as it introduced him to his girlfriend, Thalia Heffernan.

“I just want to say how blessed I have been to be part of the best show on Irish television, his show changed my life in more ways than one… I’ve had 4 amazing partners,” he said.

“To Shinawill for the production of DWTS, a show that I thought would never come to Ireland and be such a success, and thank you for showcasing Ballroom & Latin dancing at its highest level.

“To the pro dancers past and present, without you guys this show wouldn’t have been as amazing as it was. I think you’re all legends and i’m so grateful I got to be on the journey with all of you.”

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Dayl Cronin who appeared on the show in 2017 said, “Absolutely gutted to hear DWTS will not be coming back for a fifth season!

“This show was one of the greatest highlights in my career so far. Getting to dance on live television every Sunday for millions of people was just a dream come through.

“I cannot thank everyone enough who was involved with this show. Hopefully it will return some time but for now thank you Dancing With The Stars and RTE for everything.”


Professional dancer Karen Byrne also shared her upset, telling followers: “Sad to say no Dancing with the stars this year.

“I can’t begin to sum my experience up. I can honestly say this show has been the best experience of my life.

“I would like to thank everyone for you support over the past 4 years. I have gained so many friends and had so many laughs because of this show. Let’s hope we return BIGGER & BETTER in 2022.”



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