Cliona and Demi step out with the stars

Irish Daily Mail - - Dermot Ahern - By Ro­nan Smyth

A COUN­TRY mu­sic singer and an ac­tress com­plete this year’s line-up of Danc­ing With The Stars.

The star of The Young Of­fend­ers Demi Isaac Ovi­awe and singer Cliona Ha­gan were an­nounced last night to be the fi­nal par­tic­i­pants for se­ries three. Ms Ovi­awe said that she was ex­cited to be in this year’s show and can’t wait to learn a new skill.

‘I’m hop­ing that I can be a role model for young black women in Ire­land and maybe

‘Over­all I’m feel­ing great’

some might even fol­low in my dance steps,’ said Ms Ovi­awe.

Ms Ha­gan said: ‘I’m very ex­cited, ner­vous, and a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive, but over­all I’m feel­ing great.’

Ms Ovi­awe and Ms Ha­gan were joined on the Late Late Show last night by for­mer Ir­ish and Mun­ster scrum-half Peter Stringer, con­firm­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Stringer said he is ‘ner­vous but up to the chal­lenge’.

He said: ‘I’ve never danced on a dance floor be­fore so go­ing from that to danc­ing in front of a live au­di­ence will be a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence.’

The full line-up for se­ries three is Peter Stringer, Cliona Ha­gan, Demi Isaac Ovi­awe, Clelia Mur­phy, Mairead Ro­nan, Johnny Ward, Eil­ish O’Car­roll, De­nis Ba­stick, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Car­pen­ter.

Re­turn­ing to the panel of judges are Brian Red­mond, Lo­raine Barry and Ju­lian Ben­son.

Danc­ing with the Stars will re­turn to RTÉ One, begin­ning on Jan­uary 6.

Fancy foot­work: Coun­try singer Cliona Ha­gen

Moves: Demi Isaac Ovi­awe

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