Maia Dunphy has confirmed this morning that she will don her dancing shoes and take on the dancefloor in RTÉ's 'Dancing with the Stars' this January.

Speaking about taking part with Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, Maia said: "I’m incredibly nervous and very excited - as I’m sure everyone else is as well. The only dancing I do is throwing shapes at weddings. I did ballet when I was four – but my career was over by the age of six. If I didn’t say yes to this I was going to be a Christmas elf for Santa's grotto over the Christmas season – so I thought this was a better option! I also wanted to have a valid reason to buy active wear because I don’t have any".

Dunphy joins the previously announced Deirdre O'Kane and Bernard O'Shea as the lineup of 11 celebrities who will be dancing across our screens in the New Year is gradually announced.

The next celebrity dancer to join Deirdre, Bernard and Maia will be revealed on Friday 8th December.

Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne will return once again to present the new series of 'Dancing with the Stars' when it returns at 6.30pm on Sunday 7th January.