'I'm gutted ... DWTS public vote is not about the dancing,' says Des Bishop
Disappointed Des Bishop describes his shock exit from RTE's Dancing With The Stars as "weird" and says the public vote is clearly "not about the dancing".
Des and partner Giulia Dotta controversially exited the show on Sunday to a chorus of boos from the live audience.
The comedian said there are many factors at play - including regional voting.
"There's just weird stuff [going on] because people can multiple vote and you can kind of organise it so you get a ton of people voting a ton of times. You have to be kind of organised.
"I think people think, 'Ah he's grand. He's up there'. All sorts of weird things where people just don't vote for you because they think you're OK. I have no idea. The public vote is such an odd thing.
"Is it because Giulia is Italian, so she doesn't have all her students voting for her? And people in Ireland like me, I've been around a long time.
"But at the same time, Kerry's not voting for me. Leitrim's not voting for me. Is that it? Who the h**l knows. It has nothing to do with the dancing."
Ironically, he was kicked off the show on the week that he scored his highest mark, thanks to his shirtless Paso Doble.
While Des (41) admits he was "disappointed" at his unexpected exit, he insisted there were no hard feelings towards rival Des Cahill, who managed to stay in the show, despite his performance receiving a luke-warm reaction from judges.
"I can understand the Des Cahill thing. He's a rubbish dancer but he's entertaining. He's a super likeable guy. So the Des Cahill thing doesn't bother me. It is what it is."
Newly-single Des said that he was gutted that he will not get to compete for another week because he was hoping he would be paired with Cahill's professional partner, the gorgeous Karen Byrne.
"I just wanted to do switch week because I wanted to dance with Karen."