Series 6, Episode 2
Filling our Sunday evenings with glitz and glamour from January, the RTÉ One series sees 11 well-known figures team up with a professional dancer to perform a live routine every week. Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week, from the Charleston to hip hop, and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation.
Each celebrity couple will be scored by an expert panel of judges and the viewing public at home, with the winning couple claiming the much-coveted glitter ball trophy at the end of the series.
The 11 celebrities taking on the challenge this year are: Marie Cassidy, Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill), Brooke Scullion, Suzanne Jackson, Paul Brogan, Damian McGinty, Shane Byrne, Stephanie Roche, Carl Mullan, Leah O’Rourke and Kevin McGahern.
Joining the 11 professional dancers this year is new dancer Michael Danilczuk, who joins returning dancers John Nolan, Karen Byrne, Emily Barker, Ervinas Merfeldas, Laura Nolan, Kylee Vincent, Stephen Vincent, Denys Samson, Salome Chachua, Maurizio Benenato and Hannah Kelly.
Host Jennifer Zamparelli will be joined this year by co-host Doireann Garrihy. All three judges – Loraine Barry, Brian Redmond and Arthur Gourounlian – return to give their informed, upfront and sometimes tough-talking reviews and scores from each of the live performances to the contestants.
Social reporter James Patrice is back for the new season with his access-all-areas backstage pass to bring fans all the latest news and updates from the training room and the dancefloor on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.
Dancing with the Stars is produced by ShinAwiL for RTÉ.