Dancing with the Stars (Irish TV series)

Dancing with the Stars is an Irish reality television series, airing on RTÉ One that started on 8 January 2017,[1] and is hosted by Nicky Byrne and Jennifer Zamparelli.[2] The show is based on the original UK version, Strictly Come Dancing and is part of the Dancing with the Stars franchise.[3] The judging panel consists of Julian Benson, Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond.[4][5]

Dancing with the Stars
GenreReality competition
Created byFenia Vardanis
Richard Hopkins
Karen Smith
Presented byAmanda Byram
Nicky Byrne
Jennifer Zamparelli
JudgesJulian Benson
Loraine Barry
Brian Redmond
Darren Bennett (stand-in judge)
Voices ofJack Boylan
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes36 (as of 24 March 2019)
Production location(s)Ardmore Studios
Running time120 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)ShinAwil
Original networkRTÉ One
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 January 2017 (2017-01-08) 
Related showsStrictly Come Dancing
Dancing with the Stars (franchise)
External links


In August 2016, it was confirmed that RTÉ One would broadcast an Irish version of Dancing with the Stars, which would replace the successful The Voice of Ireland, which was cancelled in order for the broadcaster to order the new show.[6] A producer of the show commented, "We've got fantastic production people in Ireland who, I believe, deliver a show that's comparable with any of those shows on a fraction of the budget. So we're looking forward to the task of doing this equally the same way."[6]

It became quickly apparent that the television studios at RTE Television Centre in Dublin were too small for the large scale production of Dancing with the Stars would require, with the largest television studio at RTE Studio 4 at 6,525 sq ft (606.2 m2) would be too small and so the production have had to be based in Ardmore Studios located in County Wicklow, whose largest studio is 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2).[7]


The format of the series follows celebrities being paired up with professional dancers, who perform predetermined dances each week for judges' scores and public votes, with the couple with the lowest number of points being eliminated, until the winning couple remains.[3]

Judges and hosts

On 18 December 2016, RTÉ confirmed that Julian Benson, Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond would be the judges on the programme.[4][5] Creative producer Darren Bennett stood in for Benson, during week five, six, seven and eight, who was absent due to illness.

People in the running to be host of the show included former Westlife musician and 2012 Strictly Come Dancing contestant Nicky Byrne; as well as popular radio host Ray D'Arcy, though D'Arcy ruled himself out of the running in August 2016.[6] In October 2016, it was reported that Marty Whelan had auditioned to host the show. In November, it was reported that Amanda Byram had been selected as one of the hosts.[2][8] In December, it was confirmed that Byrne would host alongside Byram.[9] It was also confirmed that Bláthnaid Treacy would be hosting RTÉ Two spin-off show, Can't Stop Dancing, airing on Friday nights before the live shows.[10]

On 28 August 2018, after two series, Amanda Byram confirmed that she will not be returning as a presenter in 2019.[11] On 30 October 2018, Jennifer Zamparelli was confirmed as Byram's replacement.[12]

Professional dancers and their partners

Professional Average Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4
Emily Barker
Hughie Maughan
Rob Heffernan
Johnny Ward
Aidan Fogarty
Giulia Dotta
Des Bishop
Tomás O'Leary
Fred Cooke
Ryan Andrews
John Nolan
Teresa Mannion
Deirdre O'Kane
Mairéad Ronan
Mary Kennedy
Kai Widdrington
Katherine Lynch
Anna Geary
Demi Isaac Oviawe
Grainne Gallanagh
Karen Byrne
Des Cahill
Jake Carter
Darren Kennedy
Michael Carruth
Kylee Vincent
Fr. Ray Kelly
Laura Nolan
Brian Dowling
Pasquale La Rocca
Lottie Ryan
Robert Rowiński
Maïa Dunphy
Cliona Hagan
Glenda Gilson
Ryan McShane
Denise McCormack
Erin McGregor
Eilish O'Carroll
Sinéad O'Carroll
Stephen Vincent
Yewande Biala
Curtis Pritchard
Thalia Heffernan
Norah Casey
Ksenia Zsikhotska
Dayl Cronin
Marty Morrissey
Peter Stringer
Sean Smullen
Dr. Eva Orsmond
Trent Whiddon
Holly Carpenter
Valeria Milova
Aidan O'Mahony
Bernard O'Shea
Denis Bastick
Vitali Kozmin
Aoibhín Garrihy
Alannah Beirne
Clelia Murphy


     Winner of the series
     Finalist (2nd/3rd place)
     First elimination of the series
     Withdrew from the series
     Was unable to compete due to injury
     Participating in current series
  • Week 7 of Series 1 and Week 6 of Series 2 and 3 was 'Switch-Up Week' in which the celebrities danced with different pros for one week only. The table above reflects this as it excludes each pro's regular celebrity partner's Switch-Up Week score and includes their Switch-Up Week partner's score.

Series overview

Series Premiere date Finale date Number
of couples
of weeks
1 8 January 2017 26 March 2017 11 12 Aidan O'Mahony & Valeria Milova Aoibhín Garrihy & Vitali Kozmin
Denise McCormack & Ryan McShane
2 7 January 2018 25 March 2018 Jake Carter & Karen Byrne Anna Geary & Kai Widdrington
Deirdre O'Kane & John Nolan
3 6 January 2019 24 March 2019 Mairéad Ronan & John Nolan Johnny Ward & Emily Barker
Cliona Hagan & Robert Rowiński
4 5 January 2020 March 2020


Series 1 (2017)

The first series of Dancing with the Stars started on 8 January 2017 and finished on 26 March 2017.

Series 2 (2018)

The second series began on 7 January 2018 and finished on 25 March 2018.[13][14]

Series 3 (2019)

The third series began on 6 January 2019 and finished on 24 March 2019.

Series 4 (2020)

The fourth series begins on 5 January 2020.[15]

Live tour

On 19 August 2019 it was announced that live shows would take place in The INEC in Killarney on 1 and 2 November 2019.[16]

The line-up included;


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