Last year, Aidan O’Mahony was crowned the champion of the dancefloor, becoming the first winner of the RTÉ series Dancing with the Stars. In the competition this year, our very own Littlewoods Ireland ambassador Anna Geary has made it all the way to the final, and is now in with a chance this Sunday night of following in Aidan’s footsteps and lifting the glitterball trophy.
Both are GAA players, so we chatted to Aidan to find out whether he thought being a GAA player helped or hindered him in the competition. He also told us who he thinks is going to win this year, and whether he is still dancing!
Did your sport background help you at all when you were learning to dance?
Yes! For physicality in the lifts in the dancing and for stamina over the course of the 16 weeks. It really stood to me. I also believe the competitive edge and the mental toughness stood to me as the dancing show progressed to the later stages.
What difficulties did you face as a GAA player while learning to dance?
As a GAA player, I think the most obvious challenge was to try lose muscle. I started off being very rigid in hips and posture, years of weights would do that to you. Apart from that, having no background in dancing or media training is a big disadvantage
What was your favourite dance?
My favourite dance was the Viennese Waltz in the semi final. A quick but elegant dance!
Anna Geary is one of our little Littlewoods Ireland ambassadors and has made it to the final! How do you think she will get on?
I think Anna is in the final on merit. She is very competitive and has stated that she wants to win from the beginning. Also her media training has stood to her on the dance floor .
Who are you backing to win?
It’s very hard to call the final as they are all so good. A lot will depend on how they dance on the night, I’ve a feeling it could be Jake or Anna!
Did you feel the GAA community supported you last year when on the show?
Yes. I’ve given the last 30 years playing in the GAA. The messages of good will and support every week from the GAA and the wider public made me grow stronger in confidence each week!
What did it feel like to win?
After all the weeks of rehearsal and time commitment, it was a fantastic feeling! It was an experience that I can look back on to say I accomplished.
Do you think you winning would have encouraged other members of the GAA community to take up dancing?
I’m not too sure but my fitness levels improved after the weeks on the show, might have been all those hours on the dance floor on my feet! Life is all about taking risks.
Who from GAA would you like to see most on the show and why?
Anyone really, it’s an experience you won’t forget and may not get the opportunity to do too often in life.
Are you still dancing?
I haven’t had the time really, I’m enjoying life as a dad! I’m working as a Garda, and I’m studying Strength & Conditioning. I’m also working on a new startup involving a fitness website which is nearly ready to launch and I’m coaching so not enough hours in the day for dancing , but never say never!!