'I'm in Dancing With The Stars to win it', says Denise
She has her first performance on Dancing With The Stars behind her, and Denise McCormack is not afraid to admit she's gunning for first prize.
The Red Rock actress (39) is one of 11 celebrities taking part in the highly-anticipated show, which debuted last Sunday.
The Drimnagh woman took part in a group performance for the opening night and is in the midst of rehearsals for week two, which will see her dance with her partner for the first time.
"I'm taking it ridiculously seriously, I'm in it to win it," she told the Herald.
The former Love/Hate actress is no stranger to the world of dance and took lessons as a child.
"I don't have two left feet and I really enjoy it. Over the years when I was younger I did dance classes. I do know how to dance but I'm no pro, lets put it that way."
She has been named as one of the favourites to win the series, along with Hometown singer Dayl Cronin, who was given rave reviews from the judges for his first performance.
However, Denise is well aware that other performers could upstage her in the coming weeks.
She already has her eye on comedian Des Bishop and former Fair City actress Aoibhin Garrihy as those who could give her a run for her money.
"Des Bishop did a pirouette the other day when we were having a coffee and I thought, 'ah here, there's something going on there'," she said.
"He's got something none of us know about. Dayl Cronin is a great mover. Aoibhin is great too."
The mum-of-two has been practicing her dances with her children Harvey (2) and Sidney (4).
Although they are too young to understand exactly what their mother is doing, they know they will be able to watch her dance on television.
"They are really excited. They're young so I don't know how much of it they get.
"But they have an idea that mammy is going to be on the television and I'm going to be dancing, and they're dancing around with me when I'm dancing at home. There's a great buzz in the house."
All contestants will be safe after the second episode, with the first celebrity due to be eliminated in the third week of the competition.