RTS Republic of Ireland made a second visit to the Dancing with the Stars set at the Ardmore Film Factory in Bray, Co. Wicklow in mid-February.
The show, the international version of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, began its third series at the beginning of the year. It is made by ShinAwiL for RTÉ, and hosted by Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne.
A team of 120-150 people are involved in the production of the two-hour live broadcast, which has been compared to “producing a Eurovision Song Contest every week for 12 weeks”.
Executive producer and ShinAwiL CEO Larry Bass said that the dance floor was bigger than the area used in the original BBC version of the show.
A huge construction team were putting together the set on the studio floor, which included a 270-degree video wall, as well as platforms to hold an audience of 300.
Before the start of the new series in January, Bass said: “It’s a fantastically brilliant show to bring to Ireland and I’ve wanted to bring it here for many, many years. I think it’s one of the few shows that the whole family can sit down and enjoy everything, from the glamour of the show to the competition within it.”
The RTS centre visited the production for the first time in March 2018.