The time has almost come for Dancing with the Stars to return to our screens once again, and we could not be more excited about it – the glitz, the glam, not to mention the perfectly choreographed dance routines!
With the full line-up of contestants now revealed, there’s only one question left on everyone’s mind: Who will the celebrities be dancing with? Well folks, you ask and we deliver as we can now reveal which pro dancers the celebs will be coupled with for the 2023 series.
Dr. Marie Cassidy and Stephen Vincent
Former State Pathologist Marie Cassidy is partnered with Stephen Vincent as he returns to Dancing with the Stars for his third series. Stephen reached the grand final with Ellen Keane last year, so there’s no doubt that he will do all that he can to waltz away with the glitterball trophy for the 2023 series.
Panti Bliss and Denys Samson
Drag performer Panti Bliss is partnered with Ukrainian dancer Denys Samson, who has previously taken part in the series in his home country before joining the series here last year and making it to the final with Erica Cody. Do they have what it takes to shimmy their way to the grand final?
Stephanie Roche and Ervinas Merfeldas
Footballer Stephanie Roche is hoping to score the glitterball trophy with the help of her partner, Irish pro dancer Ervinas Merfeldas, who is returning to the show for his second series. Swapping out her trainers for heels, Stepahine is no stranger to working hard so we’re sure she’s set to take on this latest challenge.
Leah O’Rourke and John Nolan
School’s out for Derry Girls actress Leah O’Rourke as she does her homework with returning pro, John Nolan, who was paired with television presenter Gráinne Seoige last season. This enthusiastic duo are hoping to jive their way to the glitterball trophy and although Leah’s character was a bit of a goody-two-shoes in Derry Girls, has she got what it takes to go all the way on Dancing with the Stars?
Brooke Scullion and Maurizio Benenato
Former Eurovision contestant, singer Brooke Scullion has been paired with returning pro dancer Maurizio Benenato. She’ll be hoping to hit the right note with the judges and the audiences at home. A true performer, we have no doubt that she’ll kill her latest endeavour!
Suzanne Jackson and Michael Danilczuk
Entrepreneur Suzanne Jackson is paired with new professional dancer Michael Danilczuk. However, don’t let his inexperience on this show fool you as Michael won the second season of the BBC One competition series The Greatest Dancer and is hoping to dance his way to success once again with Suzanne.
The remaining five couples’ names will be revealed tomorrow, Monday 19th December.
Dancing with the Stars returns to RTÉ One at 6.30pm on Sunday 8th January.