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Saturday 24 June 2017

'I wanted it so bad... I'm just gutted' - Dayl falls shy of DWTS final

Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off during the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella
Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off during the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella
Denise McCormack and Ryan McShane who got through to the final with Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off in the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella
Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off during the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella
HomeTown’s Dayl Cronin and partner Ksenia Zsikhotska lost the dance-off on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ last night. Photo: Darren Kinsella

Jennifer O'Brien

Boy band star Dayl Cronin held back the tears as he became the latest celebrity to leave 'Dancing with the Stars'.

This means Aidan O'Mahony, Aoibhín Garrihy and Denise McCormack will battle it out in next week's final of the RTÉ show.

The semi-final saw each of the acts perform two dances each, before Cronin and McCormack faced each other in a dance-off.

But it was judge Loraine Barry who held the deciding vote and decided to send the Tipperary performer home.

Denise McCormack and Ryan McShane who got through to the final with Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off in the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella
Denise McCormack and Ryan McShane who got through to the final with Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off in the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella

A tearful Cronin said: "It's been amazing. I want to thank my mam, my family and all my friends and Louis Walsh and Liam McKenna for all their support.

"I also want to thank Ksenia for being the best dance partner."

Backstage afterwards, he said he was "gutted".

"I wanted it so bad. Someone had to go and everyone there deserves a spot and I wish them all the best for the future, but I'm just gutted," he said.

Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off during the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella
Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsihotska who were voted off during the semi final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars. Picture: Darren Kinsella

Earlier in the evening, the first to take to the stage had been McCormack and partner Ryan McShane with a contemporary ballroom routine to Hozier's 'Take me To Church'.

There were some last-minute challenges for McCormack, who pulled a muscle in her groin during rehearsals. A physio was on hand and she was forced to sit out her dress rehearsal before the show.

Speaking before taking to the stage, she revealed she was going to stick to the same routine the pair had prepared and wouldn't be omitting the move that caused her injury.

"I won't know how painful it is until I start dancing," she said. "It's a pain but I'm not going to let it get me down or put me off. I'm annoyed more than anything else."

McCormack and McShane made it through their performance, with Barry telling the pair they had set the bar high for the night. "The art of dancing is to master it and that's what you did," she said.

Former Kerry footballer O'Mahony and partner Valeria Milova first performed a jive to 'Drive It Like You Stole It' and later a Viennese waltz to 'Somebody to Love'.

O'Mahony, who became a first-time father to daughter Lucia last week, admitted he was juggling night feeds with jives.

"I'm flying home tonight and on duty with the baby - it's time to give her mum a rest," he said.

Garrihy and Vitali Kozmin again showed some stellar footwork and exceptional lifts dancing to 'Nothing Compares 2 U' by Sinead O'Connor. Judge Julian Benson told her: "You were the Celtic goddess of the floor tonight - that was an iconic performance."

Brian Redmond added that he had "nothing negative to say".

The pair topped the scoreboard with 30 points. Their second dance was a high energy Charleston to 'Do Your Thing'.

Next week's final will feature a group performance from all the contestants on the series.

Irish Independent

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