Nicky Byrne has stepped down as host of Dancing with the Stars after five years.
He is the singer who has presented the show since its first season in 2017 alongside Amanda Byram and Jennifer Zamparelli but has now decided to hang up his dance shoes.
In an Instagram post, Nicky revealed that he’s made the “difficult” decision to step back from his duties as host of Dancing with the Stars due to Westlife tour commitments.
He paid tribute to his time on the show, writing: “A little news from me. Sadly I won’t be hosting ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on RTÉ.
“Westlife currently has ten shows on our ‘Wild Dreams’ tour. We had two phenomenal nights at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, followed by an incredible show at Wembley Stadium and two absolutely sensational nights at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
“This tour is now continuing to take us around the world covering five continents with over 60 shows through the Summer of 2023.
“So with all of this, I had to make some tough decisions. One of them is hosting my future ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on RTÉ – a show I’ve loved hosting since the beginning.
“I am absolutely delighted to be a part of this show, full of glitz and of course, part of everyone’s Sunday Night Winter TV viewing. It’s been a brilliant year since we launched in 2017, working with the best staff in the world.
“I’ve laughed and laughed my way through 59 shows so far and it’s been a journey. I took away the best memories.”
Nicky thanked the co-hosts, judges, crew, production company ShinAwil and RTÉ before adding: “I wish whoever would take over for me is the best. Just don’t fall down the stairs at the start of the show!! You will have an absolute blast. “
RTÉ confirmed that the dance show, which was won by jockey Nina Carberry this year, will return in January when they announce Nicky’s departure.
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“Dancing with the Stars series 6 will see a new lineup of brave soldiers put on the dance floor in early 2023, and as Nicky Byrne begins touring with Westlife, RTE will announce a co-star. brand new host.”
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