Amidst lines of hairspray and carefully lined eyeliner, Jennifer Zamparelli has one standout piece of advice for Doireann Garrihy ahead of her Dancing with the Stars debut: “Don’t fall on your ass.”
With the match being made in TV heaven, there’s no denying the chemistry radiating from the dynamic duo as they prepare to lead RTÉ juggle, in the series’ first all-female presentation team.
Sashaying between shooting locations in the posh area around Dublin’s Clarence hotel, it’s clear the girls are back in town.
“Doireann is very excited to work with me, she will learn a lot. I’ll teach her how to go down those stairs like a af**king pro,” laughs Jennifer, who has co-hosted the hit show with Nicky Byrne since 2019.
“Four series and I have never fallen. Well, actually I fell once but no one saw. I tripped over a stand and I flew away and only the audience saw – one wrong move and you’re a walker.
It’s a warning for Doireann, who will join the sixth series topping the charts following the departure of the Westlife star earlier this year. And as broadcaster 2FM knows, first impressions matter.
Jennifer continued: “You’re going to work hard and go through scripts and then the first 400 tweets are about what you’re wearing.
“You just think, ‘What’s the problem?’, but that’s synonymous with the show. It’s the only flashy and glamorous Irish event left, and being a part of that is truly special. I don’t mind those comments – good, bad and bad.
Recalling some of her fashion mistakes, the Dubliner laughs: “I wore this black dress with a big bow in the front and I loved it. But people are funny about bows and arrows.
“I received comments like ‘you look like you’re wearing a condom, it’s not helping you’ and ‘fire the stylist. You get a little laugh out of that.
But Doreann will add style and substance to the much-anticipated series.
“She’s going to bring something different to the show, and that’s what it takes. We’re all so excited to have her because she’s worked so hard to get where she is and it’s been fun. This is her in her natural habitat, I think.
“She will be buzzing with the contestants on one side, while still being able to read the autocue.”
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When asked about their obvious similarities, the 42-year-old countered: “We just said that our hair is very similar.
“We both come from radio and comedy backgrounds and we both just want to enjoy it. We don’t know how many more movies are left, so I really just want to enjoy every minute of it.
“They said it was going to be the last series every year and then it went on and hit phenomenal numbers unlike anything else.
“We love live TV and it’s one of the few things that people will turn on terrestrial television to watch.
The all-star lineup may already boast Ireland’s most beloved drag queen, Panti Bliss, footballer Paul Brogan and influencer Suzanne Jackson but this series the girls are really bringing it back home.
“Apart from Adam Byrne, the entire production is run by women,” Jennifer reminds us. “When you look at this small island, we have no shortage of female talent. OK, so the presenter of Late Program been a man for 85 years but I wouldn’t do it if you gave me millions of dollars.
“I’ve done some damn TV shows in my time and I’ve done some great TV shows too, but now I just want to do a shiny floor dating show. .”
At that point, Doreann interjected: ‘Sign me up!’
Happy single, Clare, 30, has just one romantic break this Christmas, and that’s with her new gig.
“My romance really is Dancing with the stars. This whole year, I just focused on my friends and enjoying myself and thanks to that, I have achieved a better balance between working hard but also enjoying myself,” she said.
“I think my 30s inspired that. Of course, I like to be alone and I wouldn’t mind going to lunch alone or spending a Sunday alone.
“It’s a lot more normal to accept being single when you’re 30, and don’t panic. Luckily, I’ve never been one of those stuck like ‘If I hadn’t gotten engaged at 28, what would my life be like?’ I’ve never been like that.
“I never even envisioned a wedding – if it happens, it will happen. I like to be busy and I love my job.”
Getting the job of your dreams is still tough for the 2FM breakfast presenter.
“It is definitely surreal. I got a call in August asking if I wanted a screening test and I know it sounds confusing but as soon as I got that call I just said: ‘I have to get this’.
“A lot of people talk about imposter syndrome, but I don’t have that feeling. I just said, ‘I know I can do this and just let it go,’ the beloved social media star admitted.
“I was called back to take a chemistry test with Jen and even though we work in 2FM we are like equals because I broadcast from 6am to 9am and she is from 6am to 9am. 9am to 12pm — we’re in different studios and we don’t see each other. a lot of each other.”
When the live shows hit, there was only one thing that kept Doireann up all night.
“The one thing that comes to my mind, and it’s pretty trivial, is walking down the stairs,” she returned.
“I also want to make sure that my personality is known to people and that people feel like they are learning about me.
“Nicky did a phenomenal job but I’m not Nicky and I don’t want people to feel like I’m filling Nicky’s shoes.”
Hoping to get some more advice from her co-host, she added: “Jen has been in this game for too long.”
“Watch it now,” her sidekick joked.
“No, but honestly, for Irish women in comedy and TV, Jen just got there and got it and I know I’m going to learn a lot from Jen.
“The way I started is Snapchat, so people have seen the progress – people know it hasn’t been given to me.
“I really feel like I’ve worked hard from AA Roadwatch so far, but at the same time I appreciate that I turn 30 this year. I don’t think I expected to get a job like this. like this at this stage.
Christmas will be a family affair in Clare with the closest and dearest, but Doireann doesn’t place much emphasis on material things.
“I love giving funny gifts that have the love behind them.”
Reflecting on some of the less-than-stellar gifts, she added: “I received a glass of gin from a boyfriend with our names engraved on it — and then we broke up on New Year’s Day. new”.
For Jennifer, she has only one Christmas wish: Lau, her husband, with whom she has two children – Florence and Enzo – suggested and bought her a designer bag.
“I said to Lau, ‘Let’s not buy Christmas presents this year because I don’t like the underwear in your inventory. I don’t need gadgets, just buy me something big and expensive!’”
Dancing with the Stars returns to RTÉ One on Sunday, January 8 at 6:30pm
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