Wednesday 22 May 2019

Bernard gets on his waltzing shoes despite 'fear of dancing'

Bernard O’Shea has been confirmed for the second series.
Bernard O’Shea has been confirmed for the second series.

RTE presenter Bernard O'Shea is the second celebrity confirmed to be waltzing onto the dance floor of Dancing With The Stars.

The 2fm host will join comedian Deirdre O'Kane for the second series of the show.

Meanwhile, Cork camogie star Anna Geary is set to be named, with eight other celebrities for the programme - due to hit screens in January.

O'Shea admitted he has a fear of dancing - but says he is looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm doing Dancing With The Stars and I can't dance, so that should be an interesting January," he said on 2fm's Breakfast Republic.

Deirdre O’Kane. Photo: Michael Chester
Deirdre O’Kane. Photo: Michael Chester

"I've just done a few things for them so far and there is a lot of glitter. I'm feeling exceptionally nervous, but looking forward to the challenge.

"I don't think my wife has ever forgiven me for not doing our first dance at our wedding.

"I have a genuine fear of dancing. If you were to ask me if I would prefer to jump out of a plane without a para­chute or dance on live television, I'd say how high is the aeroplane?"


O'Shea told how his Breakfast Republic co-host Jennifer Zamparelli advised him to step out of his comfort zone more, before warning his future dance partner she has a tough few weeks ahead.

"I think my dance partner will have her work cut out. But look, if she can make me dance, she can make anyone dance," he said.

Zamparelli later took to Twitter to wish her friend well and joked she was upset she will be on maternity leave while he is on the show as it means she "can't slag him".

O'Kane said she is "excited and nervous" to join the show and that it will be a "whole new experience" for her.

Several other names have been linked to the second series - including RTE presenter Marty Morrissey, singer Nathan Carter's younger brother Jake and former Xpose host Ruth O'Neill.

Fair City actress Clelia Murphy, who recently left the series, has also been rumoured to be a contestant, as has Conor McGregor's sister, Erin.

It is thought producers are also on the lookout for a sports player to take part after GAA star Aidan O'Mahony won the first show.

While the professional dancers have been rehearsing for weeks, it was recently revealed none of the celebs had got to work on their dance moves.


All of last year's dancers will be returning, some of whom recently enjoyed a Dublin night out with Thalia Heffernan and Des Bishop, who competed in the first series.

Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne are set to return as presenters, along with judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson, as well as Can't Stop Dancing host Blathnaid Treacy.

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