The Irish version of Dancing With The Stars kicks off on RTE in January, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of who will be given the coveted hosting role.
The first contestant on the show was revealed this week, and the hosting role has just been confirmed too. Amanda Byram is set to wow viewers as the presenter of the glamorous dancing competition.
A source close to the RTE show told the Irish Sun that although famous faces such as Vogue Williams and Brian Dowling had been mentioned in the running for the job, it seems that bosses feel Amanda will work better.
“Vogue would have been brilliant doing this on RTE2. But Dancing With The Stars airs on RTE One on Sunday nights. RTE feared a gum chewing model DJ was too young and might alienate the older audience of middle Ireland watching on Sunday nights. It’s a Glenroe audience.
“Amanda started off on Ireland Am seventeen years ago so middle Ireland would have grown up with her but she also has massive experience on big TV shows in the US and UK,” the source said.
The second host for the programme is yet to be revealed, but the same source stated that Nicky Byrne, who previously took part in the BBC Strictly, is a contender for the gig.
“But Nicky’s biggest asset is his boyband, squeaky clean image which is right for the Strictly brand. Having competed on BBC Strictly, he also will be able to identify with the personal struggles contestants face on RTE’s Dancing With The Stars,” the source said.
We think they’d make a great combo!