Dancing with the Stars 2021 cancelled due to 'unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19'

Dancing with the Stars 2021 cancelled due to 'unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19'
Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington dancing a Tango to ‘Rebel Rebel ‘by David Bowie during the second show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Picture: kobpix/.

Dancing with the Stars 2021 has been cancelled due to “unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19”.

After speculation as to whether the show would go ahead, RTÉ announced that Dancing with the Stars has been cancelled due to the virus with the national broadcaster confirming that the series, hosted by Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne, can return in 2022.

The show has seen many Cork stars take to the Dancing with the Stars dance floor with their dancing shoes on including Olympic race walker Rob Heffernan; Former rugby player Thomás O’Leary; Camogie player Anna Geary who was a runner up in season three of the show in 2018; and former rugby player Peter Stringer and The Young Offenders actor Demi Isaac Oviawe who both took part in last year’s series of the show.

Season four was won by radio presenter Lottie Ryan and her partner Pasquale La Rocca.

RTÉ's Head of Entertainment, John McHugh, said that RTÉ was “extremely disappointed not to be in a position to produce series five of Dancing with the Stars in 2021” and that after much discussion “the risks are too high with a production of this scale to proceed with the series in 2021”.

He said that it is hoped that the show will go ahead in 2022.

"We understand that the many fans of the series will be disappointed with this decision. However, given the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19 and our duty of care, we believe this decision is the right one.

"We will continue to work with Larry Bass and ShinAwiL on other projects and will be conducting ongoing discussions with them and the BBC to try and bring back Dancing with the Stars in 2022,” he said.

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