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Monday 25 June 2018

RTE bosses eye Pope, Bowe to dance in series three

Tommy Bowe could be a contender
Tommy Bowe could be a contender

The celebrities have barely left the dance floor but RTE bosses already have their eyes on the next crop of well-known names to appear on Dancing With The Stars.

A third series of the primetime juggernaut has been confirmed for next year after Jake Carter swept to victory - and Tommy Bowe and Brent Pope are said to be top of producers' wish-list.

"Tommy has retired from rugby so the producers feel like this is the perfect time to get him," a source told the Herald.

"They have had sports players on both series so far and they want to make sure they have another one next year, and Tommy is already loved by the public."

Odds

Tommy isn't the only rugby personality bosses have their eye on, as they are said to also be considering asking pundit and TV star Brent Pope to strut his stuff in Ardmore Film Factory.

Bookmaker Paddy Power has also weighed in on who the next crop of stars on the dance floor will be, putting its money on ex-Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell, with odds of 7/2.

Paddy Power also reckons retired Kerry footballer Colm 'The Gooch' Cooper could follow in Aidan O'Mahony's footsteps on the show and has given him odds of 5/1 to take part.

The bookie thinks we could be seeing RTE 2fm presenter Lottie Ryan take part too, with odds of 11/2.

The Dubliner has a lifelong love of dance and has worked as a choreographer.

Ray D'Arcy and Jason Byrne have both been given odds of 7/1, while Liveline's Joe Duffy has odds of 9/1 to be the next Marty Morrissey.

Despite insisting numerous times that she has no desire to take part, the bookies are still not giving up on Prime Time presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and have given her odds of 16/1 to take part in the third series.

Outsiders for the 2019 series include broadcaster Michael Lyster at 25/1, RTE's Claire Byrne also at 25/1, and Eamon Dunphy at 33/1.

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