Mairead steps up for dance chal­lenge

Host un­veiled as first DWTS con­tes­tant

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY SYLVIA POWNALL

RTE pre­sen­ter Mairead Ro­nan has been re­vealed as the first con­tes­tant for Danc­ing With The Stars in the New Year.

The 38-year-old will be in re­hearsals straight af­ter Christ­mas as the high­lyan­tic­i­pated show re­turns for a third sea­son.

Mum-of-three Mairead will bid to win the cov­eted Glit­ter­ball Tro­phy bagged by singer Jake Carter last year.

She said: “I’m very ex­cited but I have a big ball of nerves in my stom­ach. I’ve never done any­thing glam­orous on TV.

“I’m al­ways out in fields and mucky places with wellies and run­ners, so now to be in heels and sparkly dresses is both bril­liant and bru­tal.

“The only danc­ing I do is around the kitchen with my baby, so this is go­ing to be a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence for me.”

For­mer Today FM broad­caster Mairead found fame on the Ray Darcy ra­dio show and has fronted Ire­land’s Fittest Fam­ily and RTE hol­i­day show Get­aways.

She and hus­band Louis Ro­nan wel­comed daugh­ter Bon­nie in Au­gust. The cou­ple have a two-year-old daugh­ter El­iza and Mairead has an 11-year-old son, Dara, from her first mar­riage.

Other celebrity hope­fuls will be re­vealed on the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Ra­dio One to­mor­row.

The 11 cou­ples will per­form for the re­tun­ing judges panel of Brian Red­mond, Lor­raine Barry and Ju­lian Ben­son.

She joins an­other new mum for the danc­ing ex­trav­a­ganza as Break­fast Repub­lic’s Jen­nifer Zam­par­elli re­places Amanda Byram to present the new se­ries.

Jen­nifer, who gave birth to baby Enzo in Jan­uary, will co-host with Nicky Byrne for the 12 weeks of live shows start­ing on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6. And RTE con­firmed Can’t Stop Danc­ing hosted by Blath­naid Treacy is back on Fri­day, Jan­uary 4. [email protected]­mir­

IT’S ALL TAN-GO New mum Mairead Ro­nan

NEW ROLE Host Jen­nifer Zam­par­elli

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