Big Brother's Hughie Maughan has signed up for Ireland's version of Strictly Come Dancing

Big Brother finalist Hughie Maughan on Ireland's Dancing With The Stars

Big Brother 2016 runner-up Hughie Maughan is trading telly's most famous house for the dancefloor after signing up for Ireland's new version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Irish channel RTE is launching an adaptation of the BBC show, using its international title 'Dancing With The Stars'.

And today bosses announced Hughie as one of the eleven celebrity contestants taking part.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenge of Dancing with the Stars," he commented.

"You never know, I could be the new Patrick Swayze or I could look as rubbish as a cat on ice skates. Either way I am going to bring the fun to the show!"

Hughie's involvement was reportedly given a seal of approval from BBC bosses, who had a final say on the line-up.

"The BBC knew Hughie from UK Big Brother, unlike many of the Irish celebs RTE shortlisted for Dancing With The Stars," a source told The Sun recently.

"The BBC thought Hughie would be perfect."

The show is due to run for twelve weeks on RTE One from Sunday 8th January.

Its presenters are Westlife singer and ex-UK Strictly contender Nicky Byrne, and former Total Wipeout host Amanda Byram.

Hughie isn't the only former civilian Big Brother housemate returning to the reality TV scene in the New Year. Yesterday, BB11 winner Josie Gibson revealed that she's joining Channel 4's The Jump.

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