Dancing with the Stars: Rosanna Davison and Miriam Mullins among celebrities taking part 

The first five celebs taking to the dancefloor for brand-new season of Dancing with the Stars have been revealed
Dancing with the Stars: Rosanna Davison and Miriam Mullins among celebrities taking part 

Dancing with the Stars Clockwise from left: Miriam Mullins, Blu Hydrangea, Rosanna Davison, David Whelan, and Eileen Dunne

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison, journalist Eileen Dunne, and Cork TikTok star Miriam Mullins are among the celebrities taking part in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

The RTÉ show returns to our TV screens in 2024 and the first five famous faces set to take to the dance floor have been revealed.

Among them is model and mother-of-three Rosanna Davison who has previously taken part in Irish reality TV shows such as Celebrity Salon and Celebrity Come Dine with Me.

Now adding Dancing with the Stars to her CV, the former Miss World is hoping for a new crown to add to her collection.

Rosanna Davison 
Rosanna Davison 

According to Davison, her family likes to say that she is “awkwardly uncool” when she’s on the dance floor, so she is ready “to show them a thing or two” and make her kids proud.

“You forget who you used to be when you become a mum... your children take over your life, your world and your thoughts and I'm slowly starting to remember the person I used to be! I’m doing this show for my kids as well, I want them to be really proud,” she says.

Also ready to get her glitzy glamour on is newsreader and presenter Eileen Dunne. Having presented her final bulletin last year, Dunne is ready to make some headlines of her own on Dancing with the Stars.

Eileen Dunne 
Eileen Dunne 

The 65-year-old is excited about making her dancing debut and while it will be a challenge, she says she is going to “love every minute of it”.

“I took very few Irish dancing lessons and attempted to take dancing lessons at one point...Bar dancing in Tamangos or The Grove in Clontarf or wherever as a teenager — that’s about the height of it!” she says.

Cork native Miriam Mullins is known for her comedy sketches on TikTok, but we reckon she will be hoping to avoid making anyone laugh while she is on the dance floor.

Mullins first gained a social media following during the pandemic and is now a presenter on Cork’s Red FM.

Miriam Mullins 
Miriam Mullins 

Speaking on her latest venture, the social media personality says she is “so excited” to be a part of  Dancing with the Stars.

“It's such an amazing opportunity, a chance to meet loads of new people, make loads of new friends and hopefully show off my dancing skills, I don't know if I have them or not. We'll see! I've done the odd TikTok dance here and there. That mightn't have gone down very well with the audience, but this is a different type of dancing,” she says.

Meanwhile, Wild Youth’s David Whelan is feeling “very excited” but also “very nervous” about his dance floor debut.

The fourth celebrity announced as part of the line-up, the musician and his band recently represented Ireland at this year’s Eurovision. However, he says Dancing with the Stars is a whole new experience.

“I’ve never danced like this before in my life so it's a new experience, especially with a partner. Getting used to that is one thing, getting used to the fake tan is another! I don't mind the sequins; I've worn some crazy stuff in my life so far! Apart from a nightclub dance floor when I was in my mid-20s, I wouldn't say I danced a lot, but I'm loving it,” he says.

David Whelan 
David Whelan 

Belfast drag queen Blu Hydrangea will also take part in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. After rising to fame on the popular reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Blu was later was crowned winner of the All-Stars season, RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs. the World.

However, the chance to take on Dancing with the Stars “is a dream come true”.

“It was one of my New Year’s resolutions to learn to dance this year, I didn’t think it was going to happen because I was being a bit lazy and now, I’m here and I get to do it in front of the world so that’s exciting! I danced on Drag Race if you could call it that. I’m sure some people would have some words to say about my dancing!” 

Blu Hydrangea 
Blu Hydrangea 

Over the coming days, six more celebrities will be added to the line-up for 2024’s Dancing with the Stars. Presented by Jennifer Zamparelli and Doireann Garrihy, the show returns to RTÉ One in January.

The three judges putting the dancers through their paces are Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry, and Arthur Gourounlian.

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