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Johnny Ward has credited Dancing With The Stars for allowing him to show off the real him rather than his bad boy screen characters but he ruled out doing any reality dating shows.
The former Fair City star, best known as Carrigstown kidnapper Ciaran Holloway, reached the final of the hit RTE dance show in 2019 with Emily Barker.
Looking back at it as a “phenomenal” experience, he feels it would be a “shame” if the series didn’t return to screens next year, after being pulled due to Covid-19.
Johnny told the Irish Mirror: “It is a top notch show. And I’ll never forget the day myself and Clelia [Murphy] saw the actual set and where we would be dancing for the next 12 weeks.
“It was jaw-dropping. Absolutely phenomenal and an amazing experience.
“It would be an absolute shame to not continue it on in the future.
“I mean, I know so many people who would give their left arm to be on it.
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“I think of all the reality TV shows, no matter what you do, it is not like you are sitting in a villa getting sunburned, or having to go and kiss someone like Love Island or Big Brother.
”You are expected to do something, which is using a lot of your time and mind and it is a
“I do think it was a massive loss last year and I don’t think there should be any reason it can’t go ahead this year.”
Ciaran (Johnny Ward) Fair City
The former Love/Hate star, who is best known as a bad boy on Irish screens across various shows, added the show is not only missed by fans, but by celebrities, who often use it as a platform to show a different side of themselves.
Dubliner Johnny, 34. added: “And also, partially with actors and others like news presenters or whoever you are, it gives a chance to be yourself. And that’s why I really enjoyed it.
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“It was mad being in front of a camera and just being me as opposed to playing a character. And I just think it was great. It was brilliant.”
As Love Island is set to return to screens tonight after a hiatus due to the pandemic last season too, Johnny – who struggled to get into online dating – ruled out ever searching for love on the hit show.
He joked: “No, ah no I couldn’t. I don’t think people would want to see me on it to be honest.”
Also ruling out RTE’s First Dates, the singleton, who said he refrained from doing any virtual dates in lockdowns, added: “No disrespect to anyone that has done it at all. I know some people who have met and all that stuff on it.
”But no it wouldn’t be for me. I think that stuff should be personal. But that’s just my own opinion.”
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