Following the departure of Aoife Walsh due to a broken toe, RTÉ today confirmed that Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model finalist, Alannah Beirne, is to step up to the challenge and will join the line-up of RTÉ One’s hit series Dancing with the Stars.

“I’m so thrilled to be joining the Dancing With The Stars family – Christmas has really come early this year,” said Beirne.

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in now and meeting the rest of the participants. And I also want to wish Aoife a speedy recovery.”

Beirne finished third on the popular Model show and she recently relocated to London to take advantage of the rise in demand that has driven.

Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will return once again to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from 6.30pm Sunday 7th January.

Also returning this year is the expert panel of judges including Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson.

Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy will be back on Thursday, 4th January at 9.30pm on RTÉ2.

Each week Can’t Stop Dancing will go behind the scenes to capture all the glitz, glamour and gossip backstage and get the low down from the judges, the professional dancers and the stars.

Dancing with the Stars is produced by ShinAwiL for RTÉ.

It was commissioned for a second series and hailed as one of the highlights of the season after pulling in an average audience of 584,000 over this year’s 12-week run, and an average audience share of 40 percent.

“We saw an increase in share in all ages groups – particular among children,” said RTÉ One Channel Controller Adrian Lynch announcing that the show would be returning.

“Time and time again audiences have responded strongly to shows that have a family appeal, proving that RTÉ continues to bring people together for must-see moments.”

Advertising revenue for RTÉ was estimated at being around €500,000 per week last year, while Renault were the show sponsors in a deal estimated to be worth a similar amount again.