The RTE pundit is delighted to have trimmed over a stone in weight and he credits the hit show for changing his unhealthy lifestyle
MARTY Morrissey has waltzed his way to a slimmer size and boosted his self-confidence, all thanks to Dancing With The Stars.
The TV star, 59, has lost over a stone from his shimmying with dance partner Ksenia Zsikhotska for the show and said it has given him a huge boost.
And while he said he never thought he was overweight, the GAA pundit knew he needed a kick in the right direction. Marty said: “I’ve lost a stone and a bit, that bit is about a pound or two.
“It wasn’t that I was terribly overweight, I just felt I needed to re-adjust, because I was in the car a lot and when I’m driving a lot, and because I was tired, I might drink a fizzy drink, a can of coke or whatever and a bar of chocolate.
“Now I’m eating grass, salads, prawns, sparkling water, water, it’s a change of lifestyle as well and I’ve Dancing With The Stars to thank for that.”
Marty has been a fan favourite but he said he knows he’s there for the entertainment factor, rather than for any future career as a dancer.
“I think everybody has bought into it, it’s a real family show and for us, the participants, it’s great fun.
“I know my place here, I’m well down, as I call it, the relegation zone all the time.
“But people thankfully are supporting me, otherwise I would be well gone and I’ll keep at it.
“As a result of them supporting me, I’ll try my best.
“I’m not as good as any of the other dancers but I’m willing to give it a crack.”
Asked if he was surprised to still be on the show, the telly legend said: “Absolutely, 100 per cent.
“It’s a bit of a miracle to be honest with you. But people forget it’s not a dancing show.
“If it was the World Dancing Championships, I wouldn’t even get the entry form and neither would some of the others.
“It’s a family entertainment TV show, that’s the bottom line.”
As for potentially being in a dreaded dance-off, Marty said: “If I’m in the dance-off, it’s P45 for Marty, that’s for sure.
“The other dancers are brilliant, I’m well trailing behind. But I’m still giving it a lash.”