'Deserado' Cahill steals the show on 'Dancing with the Stars' despite groin strain
He mightn't have finished top of the leaderboard - but Deserado stole the show on 'Dancing With The Stars'.
Despite a "sharp pain in my groin", RTE Sports broadcaster Des Cahill thrilled the studio audience and viewers alike last night with his paso doble.
Des, sporting a matador look complete with cape, started the routine on his knees before slowly rising as his partner Karen took to the stage.
In the VT from rehearsals screened beforehand, Karen was seen telling Des he had to get his aggression out for the routine.
Des was seen boxing in a bid to bring out the character required for the Paso Doble.
At the end of the VT, he told viewers he was experiencing a "sharp pain in my groin" which he hoped wouldn't hamper his performance.
Any fears of that was swept away as Des commanded his performance, with the requisite aggression coming through the presenter known for his affability.
After he finished dragging Karen across the floor and waving his cape around, Des received a thunderous round of applause and a standing ovation from the audience.
The judges were equally enthused about his performance.
The 'Morning Ireland' presenter joked about how he rehearsed all week in Karen's native Ballyfermot or 'Bullyfermot', in a nod to his partner's strict training regimen.
Judge Julian Benson praised Des but advised him to "suck and tuck" going foward.
Loraine Barry was equally complimentary about his performance.
And head judge Brian Redmond paid tribute to his dance but did comment about the cape waving at the end saying it reminded him of his "grandmother in the kitchen with teatowel trying to swat flies".
He got a highly respectable score of 18 - which placed him ahead of Aidan O'Mahony, Teresa Mannion and Hughie Maughan.
Red Rock actress Denise McCormack is top of the leaderboard with 26 points.
Follow 'Deserado's' dance twitter reacted positively:
#DancingWiththeStars dessie was shocking— hipster martin (@mbuicke2gmailc1) January 22, 2017
Des is more like the bull than the Matador. #DancingWiththeStars— David Cunniffe (@davycunniffe) January 22, 2017
#DancingWiththeStars des dancing like a drunk consierge at the shelbourne,, she doesn't know whether to dance or give him her bag— Darren Boothman (@DbootsyHot) January 22, 2017