The first four candidates for DWTS have been announced

The first four candidates for DWTS have been announced

The first four celebrity contenders for the next series of Dancing with the Stars – which begins on RTÉ One in January – have been revealed and will be exclusively interviewed on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

Ryan Tubridy will chat with Panti Bliss (aka Rory O’Neill), Brooke Scullion, Paul Brogan and Suzanne Jackson, who will be among 11 celebrity contestants to take the stage for the hit series this January.

PANTI LUCK (Rory O’Neill)

Rory O’Neill is Ireland’s best-known drag artist. Born in Mayo, he has been performing as Panti Bliss since 1998.

In 2007 Rory opened Panti Bar on Dublin’s Capel Street which has become one of Ireland’s best known gay bars.

In 2015, Panti became a household name in Ireland when she campaigned for equality in the marriage referendum.

Many cite Panti’s now infamous ‘Noble Call’ on stage at the Abbey Theater as a moment that sparked debate and changed opinions.

After the marriage referendum, Panti became an icon of change in Ireland and was even labeled as an establishment figure. In 2019, Rory married his partner Anderson Cabrera.

Panti says: “It happens! I can’t wait to hit the dance floor with my partner – and it will help me get back in shape post lockdowns!

“I feel really privileged to be part of the first same-sex couple to compete Dancing with the stars a row from the start. It’s a really exciting time!”


Brooke, from Bellaghy in Derry, represented Ireland in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest this is rich.

She co-wrote the song and traveled to Turin, Italy for the competition, but was unlucky not to qualify for the final.

Brooke first came to public attention on T in 2020he Voice UK. All four coaches turned their attention to Brooke and she made it to the finals.

In September 2020, Brooke wrote and released her debut single attention and an EP followed, Chaotic Heart. Brooke is allergic to pet dander, but is a “cat mom” and has a hairless Sphynx cat, Draco.

Brooke says, “I’m so excited to join this Dancing with the stars To be family and part of an iconic Irish series!

“What girl doesn’t want to put on her dancing shoes every Sunday night?! A dream come true – bring on the sequins!”

Paul Brogan

Paul Brogan is an All Ireland winner former Dublin GAA footballer and part of the Brogan GAA dynasty as the younger brother of legendary Dublin player Bernard and former senior football captain Alan.

Paul was part of Dublin’s winning team for the 2008 O’Byrne Cup and was part of the Dublin body 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, despite not having much dance experience, admits he’s ready to give it a try, and the worst thing that could happen is getting a few slags from his brothers and former teammates.

Paul says: “I’m really excited to be a part of this show. I’m a competitive person but that’s way out of my comfort zone and from my training so far I know it won’t be easy.

“It will take a lot of hard work, but it will 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 at a different stadium – Croke Park vs RTÉ!”

Suzanne Jackson

Suzanne started blogging at SoSueMe in 2010, writing about all things fashion and beauty. She soon found her audience was growing and every product she recommended sold out instantly.

In 2013 she quit her job to pursue her own business. In 2016, Suzanne took another leap and launched her own beauty line, SoSu Cosmetics.

It has proved extremely successful and has grown to an estimated value of €2.12 million. In July 2022, Suzanne announced her plans to step down as CEO of the company.

She presents the RTÉ One series The Style Advisorsand has just wrapped up filming for the fourth season, which is scheduled to air in 2023. She lives in Malahide with her husband Dylan O’Connor.

Suzanne says, “I’ve been watching DWTS for years and I love the show and everything about it – from the dances, the glamor and the costumes to all the incredible people involved.

“It’s such an amazing production and to be a part of it this year is a dream come true for me. I was an Irish dancer when I was younger but ballroom is a whole different challenge! The timing is right for me and I’ll do it all with my dance partner.”

Another candidate will be confirmed on Sunday December 4th.

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