Dancing With The Stars 2022: Suzanne Jackson revealed among top four celebrity contestants

Dancing With The Stars 2022: Suzanne Jackson revealed among top four celebrity contestants

The first four celebrity nominees for this year’s Dancing with the Stars have been announced.

Anti Bliss (Rory O’Neill), Brooke Scullion, Paul Brogan and Suzanne Jackson are among 11 celebrities who will hit the dance floor for the hit series when it returns to RTÉ 1 in January.

All four will be interviewed on the Late Late Show tomorrow night.

Panti Bliss/Rory O’Neill


Rory O’Neill will participate as Panti Bliss

Rory O’Neill, also known as Panti Bliss, is Ireland’s best-known drag artist and will be part of the first same-sex couple to compete in the competition DWTS.

O’Neill has been performing as Panti since 1998 and in 2007 opened Panti Bar on Dublin’s Capel Street which has become one of Ireland’s best known gay bars.

Born in Mayo, he became a household name in Ireland when he campaigned for equality in the 2015 referendum on marriage.

Many cite Panti’s now infamous “Noble Call” on stage at The Abbey 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.

“It’s happening! I can’t wait to get on the dance floor with my partner – and it will help me get back in shape after lockdown,” said Panti.

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

Brooke Scullion

Brooke represented Ireland in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest this is richwhich she wrote down.

She traveled to Turin, Italy for the competition, but failed to qualify.

Brooke hails from Bellaghy in Co Derry and first came to public attention in 2020 The UK Voice. All four coaches turned their attention to Brooke and she made it to the finals.

Brooke said: “I’m so excited to join this Dancing with the stars Family and being 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 a former All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer.

He is 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 senior football body in Dublin in 2012.

“I’m so 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’s not going to be easy,” he said.

The 36-year-old is a larger-than-life character who, despite not having much dance experience, admits he’s ready to try it and the worst that could happen is getting a few slags from his brothers and former teammates.

“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. It will just be a different game at a different stadium – Croke Park vs RTÉ.”

Suzanne Jackson

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

In 2013, she quit her day job to pursue her own business, and in 2016 she 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 RTÉ’s The Style Advisorsand has just wrapped up filming for the fourth season, which is scheduled to air in 2023.

Suzanne said: “I was watching DWTS for years and I love the show and everything about it – from the dancing, 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 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 will give my all with my dance partner.”

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