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Thursday 24 May 2018

'I'd love to see Jacqui take to the dance floor', says Marty

Michael Lyster
Michael Lyster
Marty with Ksenia Zsikhotska

Marty Morrissey wants to see some more RTE colleagues following in his footsteps and joining Dancing With The Stars.

The RTE sports presenter (59), who appeared in the last series of the hit TV show, has Jacqui Hurley and Michael Lyster at the top of his list.

"I don't know if Jacqui would do it. I was slagging her," he said.

"Michael Lyster, he should do it."

"If I thought about it, there are other RTE presenters I'd like to see."

Marty and his professional dance partner, Ksenia Zsikhotska, were favourites with viewers for weeks.

He was eventually beaten by fashion model Alannah Beirne in the dreaded dance-off.

The GAA connection to the Sunday night dance show is strong.

Camogie player Anna Geary made it to the finals while Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony won the first series.

Marty was recently announced as one of 10 nominees for the Ifta Gala TV Presenter of the Year Award.

He is up against the likes of Ryan Tubridy, Sharon Ni Bheolain, Graham Norton and Christine Lampard.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on May 31.

Having been in front of the camera since 1994, Marty said a connection with the audience is key to being a good broadcaster.

Dream

"I suppose it's all about the connection - the connection between you and the viewer," he said.

"I am what I am and I think everybody else would feel the same way.

"It's about being honest. If you make a mistake, put your hand up.

"It's a dream job and I'm very privileged to work as part of a team. RTE are good to me. I feel very lucky."

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