An Irish music legend and a great sportsman join the RTE program Dancing with the stars


Two other famous dancers for this year’s Dancing with the Stars, which will debut on RTÉ One in January, were unveiled this morning on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

Ryan spoke to Aslan’s Billy McGuinness and former jockey Nina Carberry, who will be among 12 celebrities to speak on the hit show in January.

Dubliner Billy McGuinness has been the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of Irish rock band Aslan for forty years. In fact, 2022 will see the band celebrate their fortieth year in the business with an anniversary tour. Throughout their career, Aslan has had six number one albums, including their 1999 offering “Made in Dublin” which is certified three times platinum in Ireland. The group is also known for its singles, “Crazy World”, “This Is”, “She’s So Beautiful” and “Shine a Light”.

Billy says, “For the past 40 years, I’ve had my head in the music business. Now I dip my toe into the dance world and I’m so excited. It’s a whole new challenge and I love it.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest amateur jockeys of all time, Nina Carberry enjoyed a tremendous career spanning almost 17 years in the saddle. Daughter of the legendary Tommy Carberry, Nina emulated her father and brothers Paul and Philip when she rode the winner of the 2011 Irish Grand National on Organizedconfusion. It was arguably his finest moment in a career, which also featured seven winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

Nina announced her retirement from the saddle in April 2018. In all she has ridden 398 winners in Ireland, 23 in Great Britain and 2 in Germany. Nina has two children with her husband, Ted Walsh, brother of jockeys, Ruby and Katie – in 2020 they appeared and won a charity show special from Ireland’s Fittest Family.

Nina says, “I’m looking forward to Dancing with the Stars Series 5. Although it’s something new for me, I relish the challenge. I wish good luck to all my fellow competitors!

Other celebrities already announced as part of Dancing With The Stars’ 2022 lineup include Neil Delamere, Aengus MacGrianna, Missy Keating, Nicholas Roche, Grainne Seoige, Ellen Keane and Erica Cody.


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