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Karen Byrne
Born 30 May 1992 (1992-05-30) (age 29)
Occupation Dancer
Choreographer
Known for Dancing with the Stars (Irish series)
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)

Karen Byrne (born 30 May 1992) is an Irish dancer and choreographer. She is known as being one of the professional dancers on the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars.

Early life

Byrne was born in Ballyfermot in Dublin. She has been dancing since the age of six.

Dancing with the Stars

In 2017, Byrne was announced as one of the professional dancers for the first series of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with RTÉ broadcaster, Des Cahill. Despite being in the bottom half of the leader board throughout the entire competition, they reached the quarterfinals of the competition eventually finishing in 5th place.

In 2018, Byrne was partnered with singer-songwriter, Jake Carter. On 25 March 2018, Carter and Byrne were named the winners.

In 2019, Byrne was partnered with TV presenter and style entrepreneur, Darren Kennedy. They reached the fifth week of the competition, finishing in ninth place.

Series Partner Place
1 Des Cahill 5th
2 Jake Carter 1st
3 Darren Kennedy 9th
4 Michael Carruth 9th

Series 1

Des Cahill; Average: 16.7; Place: 5th
Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Redmond Barry Benson
1 Foxtrot / "Moondance" 5 5 6 16 No elimination
2 No dance performed - - - -
3 Paso Doble / "Malagueña" 6 6 6 18 Safe
4 Salsa / "Soul Bossa Nova" 4 5 5 14 Safe
5 Tango / "Jealousy" 5 7 6 18 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" 4 4 4 12 Safe
7 Samba / "Mas que Nada" 5 5 5 15 No elimination
Switch-Up Week with Aidan O'Mahony
8 Viennese Waltz / "The Marino Waltz" 6 7 6 19 Safe
9 American Smooth / "Uptown Girl" 5 6 6 17 Safe
10 Jive / "Do You Love Me"
The Ballroom Blitz / "The Ballroom Blitz"
6
Extra
6
1
7
Point
19
20
Eliminated

Series 2

Jake Carter; Average: 26.3; Place: 1st
Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Redmond Barry Benson
1 Salsa / "Reggaetón Lento (Remix)" 6 6 7 19 No elimination
2 No dance performed - - - -
3 Quickstep / "Knee Deep in My Heart" 7 7 7 21 Safe
4 Cha-cha-cha / "The Power of Love" 8 8 8 24 Safe
5 Contemporary Ballroom / "Sign of the Times" 9 9 9 27 Safe
6 Charleston / "Lollipop" 3 5 5 13 No elimination
Switch-Up Week with Bernard O'Shea
7 Tango / "La cumparsita" 8 9 9 26 Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "You'll Never Walk Alone" 9 9 10 28 Safe
9 Jive / "Rock Around the Clock (Swing Cats Remix)"
Team Dance / "On the Floor"
9
10
9
10
9
10
27
30
Safe
10 Charleston / "Friend Like Me"
Swing-a-thon / "You Can't Stop the Beat"
10
Extra
10
5
10
Points
30
35
Safe
11 Rumba / "Slow Hands"
American Smooth / "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
9
8
8
8
9
9
26
25
Bottom two
12 Contemporary Ballroom / "Sign of the Times"
Jive / "Rock Around the Clock (Swing Cats Remix)"
Showdance / "Mad World"
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
30
28
30
Winners

Series 3

Darren Kennedy; Average: 16.5; Place: 9th
Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Redmond Barry Benson
1 Tango / "Sharp Dressed Man" 5 5 6 16 No elimination
2 No dance performed - - - -
3 Jive / "Fun, Fun, Fun" 4 5 5 14 Safe
4 Charleston / "I Wanna Be Like You" 6 6 6 18 Safe
5 Salsa / "María" 6 6 6 18 Eliminated

Series 4

Michael Carruth; Average: 12.5; Place: 9th
Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Redmond Barry Benson
1 American Smooth / "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" 3 4 5 12 No elimination
2 No dance performed - - - -
3 Samba / "It's Not Unusual" 3 4 4 11 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Eye of the Tiger" 4 5 5 14 Safe
5 Tango / "Gold" 4 4 5 13 Eliminated

Personal life

Byrne was in a relationship with professional dancer, Wojtek Potaszkin for eight years. Since their time on the show together, Byrne has been dating her Series 2 partner, Jake Carter.

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