Sunday 23 April 2017

Dessie's swim steals show as Thalia gets the boot

Des Cahill and Karen Byrne perform on RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars last night. Photos: Kyran O’Brien.
Des Cahill and Karen Byrne perform on RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars last night. Photos: Kyran O’Brien.

Jennifer O'Brien and Melanie Finn

Groovy Des Cahill stole the show as Austin Powers with 'Dessie's Dancefloor Swim' on 'Dancing With The Stars'.

There was plenty of psychedelic hip action to Salsa Nova by Quincy Jones with his partner Karen Byrne.

And the RTÉ broadcaster dived in at the deep end with a hilarious display of his 'swim' across the dancefloor.

While the judges enjoyed his novelty performance, he clocked up just 14 points.

Thalia Heffernan and Curtis Pritchard who were eliminated. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Thalia Heffernan and Curtis Pritchard who were eliminated. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

However, model Thalia Heffernan became the second contestant to be voted off the show last night.

Thalia and her partner Curtis Pritchard had performed a routine to Pharell Williams's Happy from 'Despicable Me 2', but it wasn't enough to win over the public vote.

Speaking backstage after the show, an emotional Thalia revealed she was sad to go home, but backed rumoured love interest Ryan McShane to go all the way.

"I think Denise and Ryan are the ones who are going to win" she said, but she wouldn't be drawn on her blossoming romance with Ryan, saying only: "I've met the most incredible people. There are enough cameras around and if anything happens, then you will see it."

Of her final week of rehearsals, she said: "It has been rough and I've had a lot going on and maybe I just didn't rehearse enough, to be honest."

It was Hollywood movie night on the show last night with James Bond, Indiana Jones, Mary Poppins and Dolly Parton all making appearances.

Following Hughie Maughan's shock departure last week, tensions were running high backstage as the pros and celebs made their bids to remain in the show for another week as the second elimination loomed.

Dr Eva Orsmond and dance partner Sean Smullen disagreed on a number of elements of the routine during the week. "Eva makes me so frustrated when she doesn't listen. We had a bit of a tough time but we got through it," Sean said.

The pair danced to A Spoonful of Sugar from 'Mary Poppins'.

News reporter Teresa Mannion did her best Dolly Parton impression from the film '9 to 5', scoring just 12. Brian Redmond quipped: "I think you should have done some overtime."

Katherine Lynch relished the opportunity to become Meryl Streep during her samba to Mamma Mia with Kai Widdrington.

Actress Denise McCormack got top marks as she pulled off a beautiful Rumba with Ryan McShane as they danced to Ed Sheeran's I See Fire from 'The Hobbit'. She got the first high mark of the night, scoring an impressive 26 points out of 30.

But 'Hometown' star Dayl Cronin was the judges' favourite and performed an energetic jive to 'Footloose'. He fought through a painful groin injury which earned him a standing ovation and 27 points - the highest score of the competition so far.

'Fair City' star Aoibhín Garrihy and partner Vitali Kozmin were inspired by Irish Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly from 'Once' for their romantic rumba. Last up was a sophisticated looking Des Bishop, taking on James Bond's 'Spectre' theme tune.

Irish Independent

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