Fans' shock over Des Bishop departure did little to dampen viewing figures for RTÉ'S Dancing With the Stars
Viewers may have been up in arms after comedian Des Bishop was dumped from RTE's Dancing with the Stars after its Valentine's Day special.
But they still tuned into the show in their droves, with an average of 577,000 people watching the seven remaining celebrities strut their stuff on last night's love-themed show.
An additional 26,000 viewers watched the reality show on RTE One+1 as they watched the comedian's shock exit from the show.
The newly-single star channelled his inner Michael-Flatey as he bared his chest for a saucy Paso Doble performance to the tune of U2's Love Comes to Town, along with Italian professional Guilia Dotta.
But despite scoring a respectable 24 marks from the trio of judges – his highest mark to date - it seems that the public didn't follow suit with their support as he became the fourth celebrity to be eliminated from the show.
"It was great fun. I thought we were pretty entertaining. I’m actually surprised, I’m not going to lie," said a clearly-shocked Des.
"It’s disappointing but Tuesday morning's going to be a little bit easier."
Afterwards, viewers took to social media to complain about the result, saying that "the wrong Des went tonight."
Meanwhile, actress Aoibhin Garrihy scored the first ten of the whole show for her Jive, along with partner Vitali Kozmin, as they performed to Meatloaf’s Dead Ringer for Love.
The talented star went straight to the top of the leader board with a score of 28 from the judges.
But audience favourite Des Cahill got hammered by the panel for his performance to ‘Don’t go Breaking My Heart’ by Elton John.
He was rapped on the knuckles by the tough-talking trio for going for the entertainment value as opposed to concentrating on his dancing, scoring a seriously low score of 12 points.
He said afterwards how he found the comments "rough" and was conscious to pick the right song for the night, given that his partner Karen Byrne is only 24.
"I’m the same age as her dad so for a romance night, you get an appropriate song," he said.
Kerry GAA player Aidan O’Mahony did a "bold Tango" to the tune of ‘Easy Lover’ by Phil Collins and was praised by judges for "improving consistently" - but that so was everybody else.
He told presenter Nicky Byrne that being a Garda helped with his "serious face", given the sombre mood of the dance.
Comedian Katherine Lynch chanelled her inner Olivia Newton John as she did a quick-step to the tune of ‘You’re The One that I Want’ from the hit music Grease.
She ended her performance with a cute smooch with partner Kai Widdrington, getting 21 points.
Hometown star Dayl Cronin came over all Marvin Gaye for ‘Let’s Get it On’ as he donned a pink frilly shirt for a sedate fox-trot, scoring 22.
This weekend sees the remaining celebrities swapping professional dance partners as producers shake things up on the popular programme - with no elimination on this Sunday's show.