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Outspoken star of top RTE series ‘ain’t that worried’ amid chop fears as Dermot Bannon ‘in running’ for shock show turn

DANCING With The Stars judge Brian Redmond has no fears about the show getting axed because it continues to pull in big viewing numbers.

Cash-strapped RTE bosses struggled to get DWTS back on TV screens this year for a seventh season.

Judge Brian Redmond


Judge Brian RedmondCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
Former Miss World Rosanna Davidson with her Partner Stephen Vincent


Former Miss World Rosanna Davidson with her Partner Stephen VincentCredit: Kyran O Brien
James Patrice and Dermot Bannon during DWTS


James Patrice and Dermot Bannon during DWTS

But judge Brian – dubbed the biggest b**** in Ireland – claims now, as the show reaches mid-season, there is no fear of it getting chopped.

Brian told The Irish Sun: “It would worry me if we weren’t getting big ratings – but we are getting big ratings so I ain’t that worried.

“Episode two or three this season was the highest rated DWTS since 2018. If the ratings were tanking, of course you would be worried but they are not, they are flying so I ain’t worried.”

He also claims an appearance by Dermot Bannon on the show last week was not an attempt to attract some of the even bigger numbers his Room To Improve programme attracts later on Sunday nights.

Brian said: “The answer to that is No! Dermot has been here before because he is a friend of Mairead Ronan and came to support Mairead during her run and she was crowned champion in that season as well.

“So Dermot has been a long standing fan of the show.”

However, Brian and fellow judges Arthur Gourounlian and Loraine Barry admit they would love Dermot to enter DWTS.

Arthur said: “I’m sure we would love to have him on.

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“Every time I see Dermot I ask ‘when are you doing the show?’

“He says ‘no, no,’ and I said ‘never say never, you never know’.

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“He has the rhythm though, I have seen him move. He would be a good candidate.”

Loraine added: “Yes, I think everybody’s asked him and the fact that he came here tonight means he is in the running now.”

The seventh season of DWTS is also a chance for the judges to reflect on their lives and careers, notably Loraine, who celebrates a special birthday in 2024.

She said: “In December of this year I will be turning 60. It’s amazing because I am 54 years dancing, so there is a lot of reflecting to do.

“I think having a night like Dedicated Dance Week last Sunday brings it more forward to me in a way. Listening to everyone dedicating their dances to the special people in their life.”

Rosanna Davison performed to dad Chris de Burgh’s 1986 hit Lady In Red for Dedicated Dance Week.

The former Miss World, whose mum Diane was also in the audience, declared: “This was a moment to show my dad how immensely proud I am of him.”

This Sunday, retired jockey Davy Russell will be safe from elimination having topped the jury and viewers scoreboard.

But his fellow dancers will face the dreaded dance-off.

Lorraine believes the dancers will all be prepared.

She said: “I think they will be ready to give it their all.

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“Once you are in the competition, you have blocked that confidence issue off, you are in the moment, you are performing.

“If you are in the dance-off, you are fighting for your position, and they would say fighting for your life. For me I think they are going to give it their all.”

Rosanna with her Parents Chris De Burgh and Diane Davison


Rosanna with her Parents Chris De Burgh and Diane DavisonCredit: Kyran O’Brien
Dermot Bannon is tipped for future seasons


Dermot Bannon is tipped for future seasons

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