DWTS Ireland pro to join Strictly with Maura Higgins' boyfriend Giovanni Pernice
The dancer will join the show in the autumn.
Dancing With the Stars Ireland’s Kai Widdrington has joined the professional dancer line-up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The 25-year-old has been a Dancing With the Stars veteran since 2017, where he was partnered with actress Katherine Lynch.
Now, he is set to appear on screen alongside his flatmate – and Maura Higgins' new boyfriend – Giovanni Pernice as a Strictly Come Dancing professional.
Widdrington told BBC Breakfast that Pernice was “delighted” that he’ll get the chance to work with his friend and is wishing him well.
He said: “I get to dance alongside my flatmate, what more could you want?
“But he’s delighted, he was wishing me well. He’s known for a little while as well but he’s had to keep it quiet as well.
“It should be fun sharing a stage with one of your best mates. So that’s an added bonus definitely.
He added that he expects that things will get “a little bit competitive” between him and his Italian roommate once filming begins.
“We are really naturally quite competitive anyway, and he’s quite competitive in general but we just mess around.
“When it comes down to it, it’ll be a little bit competitive.
“But at the end of the day, it will be just be fun to share the stage.”
Widdrington is one of four new dancers joining the Strictly team, alongside former Let’s Dance Germany professional Nikita Kuzmin, reigning South African Latin champion Cameron Lombard and winner of The Greatest Dancer Jowita Przystal.
We need your consent to load this Social Media content. We use a number of different Social Media outlets to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity.
He added that he grew up watching the show with his parents, who are “over the moon” about their son’s newest opportunity.
Widdrington said: “I used to watch the show when I was a little boy, they introduced me to it and that’s kind of what got me into dancing in the first place.
“So they’re huge fans of the show, they watch every season, so they’re over the moon that I’m going to be joining the professional lineup.”
harrowing | Granddad of three siblings killed in Tallaght describes moment he identified bodies
Dossier | More attacks planned in ‘manifesto’ by Nashville school shooter, police say
‘I’m innocent’ | Simeon Burke says he did not curse as he denies abusive behaviour charge
Killer free | Anger as seriously-ill gangland murderer released and reunited with family
brave | Unarmed female gardai tackle armed robbers who raided two takeaways in Newbridge
Ryan rant | Anti-vaxxer Aisling O’Loughlin glad to see ‘shameful’ Ryan Tubridy leave Late Late Show
Ban-ner Boy | Teen (14) from Co Clare caught towing caravan while uninsured on busy UK motorway
short term | Domino’s opens store beside Maynooth University and introduces Mescal-inspired uniform
'stupid arguments' | Enoch Burke banned from courtroom after repeated clashes with judge
BAIL GRANTED | Face of man charged after student chased through Dublin school by group of men