MISSY Keating has revealed how she plans to step out of the shadow of her famous parents by debuting on RTE’s Dancing With The Stars tonight.
Ronan and Yvonne’s daughter, 20, will take to the ring against 19-year-old professional tennis player Ervinas Merfeldas – the youngest couple ever to compete on the show.
And the model insists she’s undeterred by her famous last name and is very proud of it – but now wants to pave the way for herself.
Missy told the Irish Sun on Sunday: “I take my last name with pride and respect. I love it, and it helps in many ways.
“But now I really want to make a name for myself. I have always had the support of my parents and their name is something I am proud of.
“But now it’s my turn to do my job and make it my own. I’m ready to work hard and that’s all you can do.”
But Missy fears that things won’t go well beyond dancing to the ’60s classic American Smooth to The Supremes ‘Baby Love’.
“This American Smooth has all the lifts in it,” she explains.
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“So I was going to fly in the air and I was really scared that I was going to fly away from my partner.
“I was imagining doing horrible, scary things with the elevator.
“I’ve never performed on live television before so I’m even more scared of it but we live to experience these things. I’m ready to hit my best shot.”
‘Dad is my biggest supporter’
Even though Covid restrictions mean her parents won’t be in studio audience, both will watch at home – with proud father Ronan giving her advice.
The Life is a Rollercoaster singer is no stranger to jumping like a hurricane after a multi-year tour with Boyzone. He also did a serious fundraiser with the band for BBC Children in Need.
Missy laughed: “Dad told me he was nervous about doing that too.
“But he says the great thing about touring is that he’s always taking on new things like dancing.
“The best advice he can give me is to always shoot it your best shots and be happy because if you don’t, it shows.
“My dad has advice for everything and is my biggest advocate and a great mentor who will help me with anything I do.”
Celebrities compete on DWTS this year will need all the support they can get as they are all living in their own bubbles and unable to bond with other contestants due to strict Covid protocols.
Yesterday, The Irish Sun newspaper revealed the professional way Emily Barker tested positive. It comes after Love Island’s Matthew MacNabb was infected earlier this week, with the two forced to isolate and miss the opening show.
DODGING COVID INFECTION
Contestant Grainne Seoige said bosses are very strict about keeping people safe.
The TV star, 48, told the Irish Sun on Sunday: “We can’t meet and see each other because everyone is very careful and there are all kinds of guidelines and restrictions. We have to stay away from each other.
We are in the little bubble. We’re constantly doing antigen and PCR tests, wearing masks unless you’re dancing on the floor.
“But it’s like in any workplace in Ireland.”
Unlike Missy, who performed hip hop as a teenager and tried out on The Voice UK with close friend Georgia Gaffney, Galway’s native Grainne admits she has no dance experience.
“I got used to TV cameras but didn’t move in front of them,” she said. I’m sitting behind a table and saying ‘Good evening, the title is’. . . it’s very different.
“You don’t wear a lot of tulle. So I’m going to move out of my area of expertise completely into something I don’t know anything about.”
Former Crimecall hosts Seoige and professional John Nolan will perform a waltz in Billy Preston’s With You I’m Born Again.
Grainne revealed she’s been invited to similar shows in the past but has always declined – until now.
Grainne – who previously left Ireland to live in her husband Leon Jordaan’s native South Africa – explains: “I’ve lived abroad for a number of years so it wouldn’t suit my lifestyle up there. world.
“I suppose it is a question of timing. Sometimes things come up and you say no, but then the offer comes up again and you think, ‘no, this will work for me’.
“I consulted my sister, Sile, and she said ‘let’s do it’. I have always wanted to learn to dance, and in this program you are being taught by the best in the dance industry.
“I also think we’re all going through a period where you just can’t get out of it. It’s been a rough couple of years, and this sounds different and exciting, uplifting and positive. My mother asked me if I was sure of it but she was proud of me for making it and would watch from Galway every Sunday night. ”
Seoige previously founded a custom diamond company. But admitting punters praised her time on DWTS when she returned to TV, she said: “I’m happy running my Grace Diamonds business.
“But who knows what the future will bring because if my career has taught me anything you will end up going down paths you never expected, so let’s see what happens. happen.”
NEIL’S NO LAZY GIGS
FUNNYMAN Neil DeLamere would never be on a lazy show – as the audience of Dancing With The Stars wouldn’t stand it.
Comics Offaly, 43, is gearing up for his disco debut tonight – and is ready to give his all despite his inexperience.
He told us, “There are a lot of people watching Dancing With The Stars that would love to do that.
“I’m very aware of that, and if there’s anything wrong with it, the audience will forgive it.
“What they won’t tolerate is just blurriness and not getting along with it, so I’ll try to find my walk and my music.
“I don’t have any dancing experience or anything like that other than I’m used to playing in big arenas in front of big audiences.”
But there’s no doubt Neil’s hit I Believe in a Thing Called Love will be a highlight of tonight’s show.
“I’ll be nervous but I’ll be happy when I’m done with my routine and I’m on my knees and a feeling of relief is washing through me,” he said.
DeLamere also said he wouldn’t mind the little old ladies who might start appearing in gigs if he became their favorite act on DWTS.
He joked: “A ticket is a ticket. I don’t mind who comes to my gig.
“Neil DeLamere is a large church with all the welcome.
“But I might have to write a few lines at the start of my show to explain what I do, if they’ve only seen me perform a tango before – but I was more prepared.”
- DWTS airs at 18:30 on RTE One tonight.
https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/8175261/missy-keating-dancing-with-the-stars-famous-parents/ I’m ready to escape the shadow of my famous parents, Missy Keating said ahead of RTE’s Dancing With The Stars premiere