RTÉ has poured cold water on reports speculating about the future of top entertainment show Dancing with the Stars Ireland.
t has been confirmed that the upcoming show will be the last of the show made by ShinAwil as it is too expensive for the national broadcaster. The same report linked Lottie Ryan to a job as a co-host with Jennifer Zamparelli, following Nicky Byrne’s decision to quit the show to focus on touring with Westlife.
In a statement today, RTÉ said that it “does not comment on contractual arrangements” and added that “no decision has been made” on the replacement of Nicky Byrne.
“We expect Dancing with the Stars to return to RTÉ One in 2023,” it said.
A station insider said it was “too early” to speculate on what the show might have on RTÉ’s schedule in 2024.
“Everything is planned around the annual budget and it is impossible to predict in advance what might be on that schedule. Plus, long-term programs often have to bid as part of the deal but then RTÉ often decides to go with the current format,” she said.
One of its most popular shows, it was on hiatus for two years as a result of the pandemic before returning in early 2022 with a new judge headed up in the form of Arthur Gourounlian.
The show’s fifth series was won by champion racer Nina Carberry along with partner Pasquale la Rocca, and the producers have begun reaching out to celebrities to participate in the sixth season.
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