Lottie Ryan said she is finding it tough to double job between Dancing With The Stars and her gig on 2fm, but added: “I’ve got bills to pay, it is what it is.”
The radio presenter has fast become the favourite to win the show after topping the leaderboard on Sunday night with 26 points.
Discussing juggling her 11-hour-a-day training sessions along with her 2fm showbiz slot, she told Dublin Live her body is still getting used to the intensity of DWTS.
Lottie said: “It’s tough, it’s a long day but I love when I go into the training. I think I’m knackered when I’m in the car going to the rehearsal room then I get a burst of life.
“The buzz and adrenaline keeps you going. I am kind of double jobbing I suppose. But I have bills to pay. I’m delighted and lucky.
“There’s a lot of bruising but you have to suck it up and get on with it.
“I’ve no serious injuries, just my body getting used to what it’s not used to doing.”
The daughter of late 2fm DJ Gerry Ryan, who has just moved into her new apartment with hubby Fabio, has always wanted to be a part of the RTE show and said her experience has been an “absolute dream”.
Lottie, 33, added: “I’ve actually never been happier. It’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”
And speaking of her supportive hubby, she added: “Fabio is really understanding, he knows how bad I wanted this and for how long.
“He even said to me the other night, ‘You’re like a light at the moment, when you come home even though it’s late’. He said he sees such a difference in me.”
And shying away from the fact she is the bookmakers and fan favourite to win the show just three weeks into the competition, Lottie said she is keeping focused on her next dance.
She added: “I’m not thinking about it much, I’m trying to focus on each week and each new dance.
“When you get a new dance and you’re there on Monday morning and you realise you realistically have four days to learn the choreography.
“I think everyone is on the same level of fear, we train in the same studio so we take our breaks together.
“You can feel the same vibe from people, freaking out because they can’t learn something – it’s difficult.”