'I wish them all the best for the future, but I'm just gutted' - Singer Dayl voted off DWTS
Singer Dayl Cronin was voted off last night's Dancing with the Stars, meaning Aidan O'Mahony, Aoibhín Garrihy and Denise McCormack will battle it out in next week’s grand finale.
The nail-biting semi-final saw each of the acts perform two dances each, before Dayl Cronin and Denise McCormack faced each other in the dance-off.
But it was judge Loraine Barry who held the deciding vote and decided to send the Tipperary performer home.
A tearful Dayl 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."
Speaking backstage after the show, Dayl revealed: "I'm just 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.
"There must have been just a hair in it. I felt like I gave my best performance but that's just how it goes.
"This is only the start of me dancing. There's no way I'm going to give it up. I was going to backflip at the end but I was too tired...
"I'm definitely going to continue"
And he backed Kerry's Aidan O'Mahony to go on and win the entire series.
"All of them are amazing and every single one of them deserves it, but for me, it's Aidan," he shrugged.
"I love him to pieces and I wish him all the best. He has been like a brother and a best friend to me. You wouldn't think we would get on with the age difference but we are just best friends."
"Performing in front of a live audience has just been the best experience ever. I threw everything into this. I had nothing because the band was finished, but that's why I got so upset because I put everything into it. It's just heartbreaking."
Well-known faces in the audience for the show included singer Bressie, radio DJ Jenny Greene and former TV presenter Sile Seoige
Earlier in the evening, the first to take to the stage had been Denise and partner Ryan McShane with a contemporary ballroom routine to Hozier’s Take me To Church.
The show was thrown into chaos yesterday morning when Denise pulled a muscle in her groin during rehearsals.
A physio was on hand and Denise 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.
“There’s a pulled muscle in my groin - the physio says it usually takes a week or two of rest to get over it…but I’m going to go on,” she said.
“I won’t know how painful it is until i start dancing.
"I haven’t had the dress rehearsal which is a really good rehearsal and an important one.
"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. It happened at eight o’clock this morning.”
Denise and Ryan made it through their performance, with judge Loraine Barry telling the pair they had set the bar for the night.
"The art of dancing is to master it and that’s what you did,” she said. The dance earned them 28 points.
Their second dance was a cha cha cha, which also earned praise from the judges and 27 points.
Former Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony and partner Valeria first performed a jive to Drive it like You Stole It and later a Viennese waltz to Somebody to Love.
His first dance earned him 20 points, with Brian Redmond remarking: “You reminded me a little bit of a pigeon. You really need to control those legs.”
Their second performance was welcomed more warmly by the judges, who awarded the pair 24 points.
Aidan, 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,” Aidan admitted.
“It’s been hard to be away from her but we were rehearsing down in Killarney this week, which was great."
Hometown star Dayl first took on the Rumba to Westlife’s What About Now, with Loraine Barry admitting: “I thought it was beautiful - it was so romantic.” The dance earned the singer 28 points. Later in the show, Dayl performed a quickstep. A slip at the start cost him full points, but he still went on to score 26 points. Loraine Barry remarked: “To get up and continue is commendable. There was great speed and great fluidity. It had a lot of high energy and I loved it.”
Aoibhín Garrihy and Vitali once again showed some stellar footwork and exceptional lifts dancing to Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor. 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. This energetic Charleston to Do Your Thing by Basement Jaxx was another show-stopper for Aoibhín & Vitali, who got a standing ovation from the audience. Brian Redmond remarked: “If you’re not in the final, it will be an absolute travesty.” The dance earned the couple full marks once again from the judges.
Next weeks final will feature a group performance from all the contestants on the series. The overall winner of the show will be decided on by public vote.