We're now just a few weeks away from Ireland's Dancing With The Stars hitting our screens.

Today saw the official announcement of the judges for the show by RTE. Talent agent Julian Benson, and two of Ireland's most successful ballroom dancers, Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond, have been confirmed as the judging panel for the inaugural season.

Speaking at the announcement, Benson said that his "fellow judges would be a lot more technically-minded, I’m going to be the peoples’ judge. I’ll be looking for ‘the three Ps’; passion, performance and personality."

Meanwhile, Barry explained that she will "be mainly looking for characterisation of dances in the early stages" and expects "technical ability to develop as the show progresses," whilst Redmond said that between the three judges, there's "guaranteed to be conflict."

"As a trio, we get on, but we won’t be afraid to tell each other what’s what," explained Redmond.

Dancing With The Stars kicks off on RTE from January 8th.