Sunday 30 April 2017

Des Cahill is struck down with injuries and illness ahead of DWTS

Des Cahill and Karen Byrne during the fifth live show of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Des Cahill and Karen Byrne during the fifth live show of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Des Cahill and Karen Byrne pictured during rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars Picture: Steve Humphreys
Teresa Mannion with her dancing partner John Nolan during rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars Photo: Gerry Mooney
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Sickness strikes again on Dancing with the Stars as illness and injuries befall Des Cahill.

It's unclear whether the popular contestant will be fit to perform on this week's show.

RTE has confirmed that poorly Des has been struck down with conjunctivitis, a sinus infection, fluid on the knee and a calf strain. All in one week.

Everything is to play for with the show halfway through the season.

Des Cahill and Karen Byrne pictured during rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars Picture: Steve Humphreys
Des Cahill and Karen Byrne pictured during rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars Picture: Steve Humphreys

This week's episode promises a new twist to push the celebrities out of their comfort zone by switching them with a different partner.

Nobody will be eliminated this week but that doesn't mean that the judges are going to give the dancers an easy ride.

Teresa Mannion dancing with John Edward Nolan during the second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Picture: KOBPIX
Teresa Mannion dancing with John Edward Nolan during the second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Picture: KOBPIX

Last Sunday saw Teresa Mannion and Des placed in the bottom two of the judges' leaderboard when they scored 15 and 12 points respectively, while Des Bishop, who scored 24 points, was voted out.

"It was a shocker - what can I say?" said Teresa of the results. "It's light entertainment as well as a dancing show and you can never legislate for how the public is going to vote.

"If you're scoring low on the judges' leaderboard, you have to be getting in a fairly good public vote to bring yourself up.

"So the fact that myself and Des are fairly high up in the public vote in terms of the ranking, that means there has to be quite a sizeable vote out there. The show is about personality as well as dancing."

If Des recovers in time to rehearse properly, he'll samba his way around the floor to Quando, Quando, Quando by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Star pupil Aoibhinn Garrihy, who topped the leaderboard last week, will have to prove she's just as good without her regular partner Vitali Kozmin.

She'll be foxtrotting to Big Handsome Man by Imelda May.

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