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First four contestants on new series of Dancing with the Stars revealed

The four will join seven other yet to be named stars as the batch of contestants appearing on the show

Brooke Scullion

Eugene MastersonSunday World

DUBLIN GAA star Paul Brogan has been confirmed as one of four celebrities to take part on the forthcoming series of Dancing With The Stars.

Three other stars who will be taking part – and who will be interviewed alongside Brogan on Friday’s Late Late Show were previously unveiled by Sunday World: Eurovision singer Brooke Scullion, drag queen Panti Bliss and social media influencer Suzanne Jackson.

The four will join seven other yet to be named stars as the batch of contestants appearing on the show, which kicks off on RTÉ1 in January.

Dubliner Suzanne Jackson began blogging in 2010 under SoSueMe. She wrote about all things fashion and beauty and soon found her audience growing and any product she recommended sold out instantly.

By 2013 she left her day job to dedicate her time to her own business. In 2016 Suzanne made another leap and launched her own beauty range SoSu Cosmetics. It has proven to be hugely successful and grown to be worth an estimated €2.12million.

In July 2022 Suzanne announced her plans to step down as CEO of the business.

She presents RTÉ’s The Style Counsellors, and has just finished filming the fourth series that is due to air in 2023. She lives in Malahide with her husband Dylan O’Connor.

Paul Brogan

“I’ve watched Dancing With The Stars for years and I love the show and everything about it - from the dancing, the glam and the costumes to all the incredible people involved,” says Suzanne.

“It’s such a fantastic production and to be part of it this year is a dream for me. I was an Irish dancer when I was younger, but ballroom is a completely different challenge! The timing is right for me and I’m going to give it my absolute everything with my dance partner.”

Paul Brogan is an All-Ireland winning former Dublin GAA footballer.

He is part of the Brogan GAA dynasty as the younger brother of legendary Dublin players Bernard and former senior football captain Alan.

Paul was on Dublin's winning team for the 2008 O'Byrne Cup and was part of the Dublin panel that won three Leinster titles and the 2011 All-Ireland senior football championship.

He left the Dublin senior football panel in October 2012. 36-year-old Paul is a larger-than-life character who admits despite not having much dance experience, he is well up for giving it a go and the worst thing that could happen is getting a few slags from his brothers and former teammates.

Rory O'Neill will be taking part as Panti Bliss

“I’m so excited to be part of this show,” says Paul. “I am a competitive person, but this is way out of my comfort zone and from what training I have done so far, I know it is not going to be easy. It will take a lot of hard work, but it’ll also be a lot of fun.

“Rehearsals have been great so far and I’m looking forward to the live shows. It will be a great experience and a new test. This will just be a different game in a different stadium – Croke Park to RTÉ!”

Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss is one of Ireland’s best known drag queens.

The Mayo native has been performing as Panti since 1998 and is also a bar owner.

In 2015 Panti became a household name in Ireland as she/he spoke out and campaigned for equality in the marriage referendum.

O’Neill will be dancing with a male dancer partner each week, but in full drag.

“It’s happening! I cannot wait to take to the dance floor with my partner – and it'll help me get back into shape after the lockdowns!,” says O’Neill. “I feel really privileged to be part of the first same-sex couple competing on Dancing with the Stars from the very start of a series. It's a really exciting time!”

Brooke Scullion

Derry woman Brooke Scullion represented Ireland at Eurovision in 2022 with ‘That’s Rich’.

The Bellaghy girl co-wrote the song and travelled to Turin in Italy for the competition but was unlucky not to qualify.

Brooke first came to public attention in 2020 on The Voice UK. All four coaches turned for Brooke and she made it all the way to the final.

In September 2020 Brooke wrote and released her debut single ‘Attention’ and followed on with her EP, Chaotic Heart. Brooke is allergic to animal hair but is a ‘cat mom’ and has a hairless Sphynx cat, Draco.

“I’m so excited to be joining the Dancing with the Stars family and to be part of an iconic Irish series! What girl doesn’t want to get on her dancing shoes every Sunday night?! It’s a dream come true - bring on the sequins!,” says Brooke.

A further contestant will be confirmed on Sunday morning.


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