'The Dessie dancefloor swim' - sports presenter Des steals the show as Thalia exits DWTS
The nation was introduced to 'The Dessie Swim' tonight as RTE's Dancing with the Stars pulled out all the stop to ensure box-office viewing on the Movie-themed night.
It saw the RTE broadcaster Des Cahill diving into the deep end with a hilarious performance to Salsa Nova from the hit movie Austin Powers.
He proved he was game for a laugh as he dressed up as Powers, complete with his trademark blue suit and novelty glasses.
At one point, his dance partner Karen Byrne straddled him backwards in a double Caterpillar as she mimed the breast-stroke, to huge cheers from the live audience.
#DWTSIrl dancing Dessie wins my vote! That's entertainment!— Fiona Savage (@fifisav) January 29, 2017
The Dessie dancefloor swim#DWTSIrl— Aoife Murphy (@Smurfjocks) January 29, 2017
But while the judges enjoyed his novelty performance, the comments were no joking matter.
"There were about four Salsa steps in it," said Brian Redmond, provoking boos from the audience.
He clocked in just 14 points, putting him just above Teresa and Dr Eva.
Viewers took to social media to voice their delight at what was branded by one fan as the 'greatest ever' piece of Irish TV.
For model Thalia however it was her swan song as she received the lowest vote this week and Amanda declared that she was going home.
She described it as "the most amazing thing I’ve ever done in my life" and looked emotional as she and partner Curtis Pritchard got the bad news.
However, she was keeping tight-lipped on recent reports linking her with professional dancer Ryan McShane amid speculation that she had been hit by the 'Strictly Curse.'
She told Independent.ie how she had "no comment whatsoever" on the reports but did tip him and partner Denise McCormack to win the overall show.
"Look, there’s enough cameras around so if it happens, you’ll see it. It’s just a magical experience, that’s all I have to say," she said.
Asked about her time on the time, she added: "If nothing else my feet are crying with happiness - and pain - all at once.
"There will be a lot of sitting down for a while - I will be here hopefully every Sunday and I will be watching. I have met the best people in the entire world and I would not take anything back.
"I have made friends for life. Nothing negative has come out of the show, it's amazing."
This week's installment was a combination of Minions, Mamma Mia and Middle Earth provided lots of block-buster action for the fourth week of the hit dancing show.
The newly-retired GAA player Aidan O’Mahony kicked things off with an Indiana Jones-inspired performance as he channelled his inner Harrison Ford with an open shirt that showed off some impressive abs.
The judges weren’t overly impressed though, given him a mediocre marking of 16.
Then it was back to the office for RTE reporter Teresa Mannion, who quick-stepped it to the tune of Dolly Parton’s classic ‘9-5’ .
She got a bad review from the judges as well, with Brian Redmond saying that maybe she should have "done more overtime" on her performance, clocking up just 12.
It was back to the ‘70s for slimed-down comedian Kathryn Lynch who danced the Samba to Abba’s monster hit ‘Voulez Vous.’
But the three judges were obviously taking a tougher approach this week and she was told that a "one legged kangaroo would have more bounce" than she did on the dancefloor.
Lynch said she "had the time of my life" but clocked up just 16 in an unusually low-scoring week.
It was all pared back for actress Denise McCormack’s sensual performance as she pulled off a beautiful Rumba with Thalia Heffernan’s love interest Ryan McShane as they danced to Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, taken from The Hobbit.
She got the first high mark of the night, scoring an impressive 26 points.
But it was Hometown star Dayl Cronin who stole the show with an energetic Life to Kenny Loggins’ Footloose, along with stunning partner Ksenia Zsikhotska.
He didn’t let a serious groin injury which he sustained during rehearsals stop him from giving him 100pc.
The strain of the performance was obvious though when he went down into the splits, grimacing in obvious pain at one point.
"I tore my groin yesterday," he explained.
His perseverance paid off though, scoring an all-time high of 27 points from the judges.
Dr Eva Orsmond brought the show to its mid-way point as she danced an American Smooth to the Mary Poppin’s classic Spoonful of Sugar.
But judges told her she needed "a bagful of sugar" to sweeten things up, scoring just 12 points.