Irish version of 'Strictly' set to hit our screens

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Winners of the 2015 series on the BBC, Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani
Winners of the 2015 series on the BBC, Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani

Dancing with the Stars is making its way to Irish television for the first time ever in early 2017.

It has been announced that RTÉ One will air the show, which will see 11 well-known celebrities paired with professional dancers competing weekly, by performing choreographed routines. 

The UK's version, Strictly Come Dancing, has become a run-away success and the show's format has been licenced to over 50 countries worldwide.

The new addition will replace The Voice of Ireland, hosted by Kathryn Thomas since 2012, which has now been dropped by RTE.

Adrian Lynch, Channel Controller, RTÉ One and RTÉ2 expressed his excitement at the announcement. He said: "We are delighted to be bringing such a hugely popular format as Dancing with the Stars to RTÉ One.

"The show has been a global phenomenon, attracting huge audiences wherever it has aired and we are confident that Irish audiences will take this home-grown version to their hearts. Family entertainment shows are a cornerstone of what RTÉ One is all about."

Sam Tewungwa, Commercial Director, TV Sales UK and Ireland at BBC Worldwide added, “We’re thrilled that RTÉ will be airing Dancing with the Stars, as this format is loved all across the world. We continue to get such great feedback from every country where it airs, so we can’t wait to see how the Irish audience respond to it.”

The new format will be produced by Shinawil for RTÉ and will air in early 2017.