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Jordan Conroy and Matthew MacNabb revealed as final two Dancing With The Stars contestants

The glitz and glam will return to our screens in January
Clodagh Meaney

Rugby player Jordan Conroy and former Love Island star Matthew MacNabb have been announced as the final two celebrity dancers to take part in the upcoming series of Dancing with the Stars.

Irish rugby union player Jordan Conroy plays for the Ireland national rugby sevens team. He took up rugby at the age of 18, having previously dabbled in athletics and soccer.

Speaking about his upcoming stint on the RTE dancing competition, Jordan said: "I'm really excited to put my dancing skills to the test and looking forward to swapping out rugby boots for shiny dancing shoes.”

“It will definitely be a change of scenery, I can't wait to have fun with it and learn different dances - I do love a good boogie! I have to say there's a winning mentality and I'm in to win!"

Jordan made his Irish rugby sevens debut in 2016 at the Amsterdam sevens and Newcastle sevens tournaments. He was also part of the Rugby team that represented Ireland at the 2020 Olympics this year.

Meanwhile, Co. Down-native, Matthew MacNabb who appeared on Love Island earlier this Summer will also be competing for the glitter ball.

As a late entry to the villa, Matthew entered as part of the ‘Casa Amor’ twist and became known for his dry sense of humour. He went viral when he ended his relationship with Kaz, in what was deemed the quickest dumping in Love Island history with two words, “we’re done.”

Matthew. Who left the villa after three weeks can only hope he will remain on Dancing with the Stars a bit longer.

“I'm really excited to join the show,” he said.

“I love an adventure and when the opportunity to learn to dance came along it seemed like a great challenge to start off the New Year. I've always wanted to learn to dance, so why not do it on live television?"

Jordan and Matthew will join 10 other celebrity contestants when Dancing with the Stars returns to our screens in January.

Presenter Gráinne Seoige, former newscaster Aengus Mac Grianna, paralympic gold medallist Ellen Keane, and comedian Neil Delamere were the first four celebrities to be confirmed for the show which is once again set to be hosted by Jennifer Zamperelli and Nicky Byrne.

Model Missy Keating, singer Erica Cody and cyclist Nicolas Roche were also announced, meanwhile jockey Nina Carberry and Aslan star Billy McGuinness will also take part.

Former Sunday World agony aunt and author Cathy Kelly was also announced as a competitor.

The popular Sunday evening competition, will run from January to March and provide some much-welcomed glitz, glamour and truckloads of sparkles to kick off the New Year.

Judges Lorraine Barry and Brian Redmond will return to the programme.

They will be joined by a new panel member, dancer and acclaimed choreographer, Arthur Gourounlian.

Social reporter James Patrice is also back for the new season with his access-all-areas backstage pass to bring fans all the latest news and updates from the training room and the dance floor on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.

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