There is speculation that the new series of Dancing With The Stars will have two female presenters, with Lottie Ryan being among the front-runners to replace Nicky Byrne.
It follows this week’s surprise announcement that pop idol Byrne has decided to leave the show due to the demands of Westlife’s new touring schedule.
A TV source said Nicky’s Westlife diary is filling up with new concerts, including the possibility of many more taking place in Ireland around the Christmas period, forcing him to step down from his role as DWTS co-host with Jennifer Zamparelli.
The daughter of the late Gerry Ryan, Lottie, who hosts the official DWTS podcast, has previous experience co-hosting the TV show.
She followed in Zamparelli’s footsteps last January when the hosts were crushed by Covid and she did an impressive job presenting alongside Nicky Byrne.
As the winner of the 2020 series, starring one of the show’s professional dancers, Pasquale La Rocca, Lottie is known and loved by fans of the glitzy TV dance spectacle.
“Lottie is a serious contender to take on Nicky if the show’s creators decide to go with two women in presenting roles,” a source told the Sunday World yesterday.
“Strictly has two presenters in Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, which has proven to be a winning combination. And with the focus now being on more roles for women on Irish television and radio, where the ratio is 60/40 in favor of men, this is the perfect opportunity to find a young woman who is more than qualified.”
Aside from Lottie, other talented presenters who have been linked to the DWTS job include Vogue Williams, Laura Whitmore, Bláthnaid Treacy and Maura Higgins.
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However, a new male co-host has not been ruled out, with celebrities including Brian Dowling, James Patrice, Marty Morrissey and even The Coronas’ Danny O’Reilly being named as possible contenders for the job.
Byrne admitted this week it was a difficult decision to leave a show he has happily hosted since 2017.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this show, full of glitz and glamour, and of course being a part of everyone’s Sunday night winter television,” Nicky said. “Since we started in 2017, it’s been five brilliant seasons working with the best crew in the world.
“I’ve smiled and laughed my way through these 59 shows so far and what a journey it’s been. I take the best memories with me.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/dancing-with-the-stars-ireland-could-have-two-new-female-presenters-as-lottie-ryan-tipped-for-role-41944216.html Dancing With The Stars Ireland could have two new female presenters as Lottie Ryan tapped for the role