'It will come out somewhere if it is happening' - Thalia Heffernan responds to DWTS romance rumours
Thalia Heffernan has responded to the rumours that she's danced her way into the heart of one of the professionals on Dancing With The Stars.
The model was the second contestant to be voted off the RTE show as she received the lowest score in the public vote.
She described it as "the most amazing thing I’ve ever done in my life" and looked emotional as she and partner Curtis Pritchard got the bad news.
Her exit from the show may come as a double blow for Thalia as the Herald revealed last week that the 21-year-old has reportedly hooked up with Ryan McShane (23), who's partnered with Red Rock's Denise McCormack on the show.
Speaking to the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Radio One this morning, Thalia responded to the romance rumours.
"I think I'll remain silent on that matter to be honest, just for the sake of it," she said.
I've got to keep people guessing, you know. I'm out [of the competition] now so I have to have some sort of interest... keep people interested," she joked.
When pushed for a comment from radio host Tubridy, Thalia replied: "There are so many cameras backstage and on stage that if there is a romance somewhere there's no doubt that it's been captured somewhere. So it will come out somewhere... if it is happening."
A source told the Herald that the pair had been spotted getting intimate at Krystle nightclub after the show finished last weekend.
"Everyone noticed that Thalia and Ryan have got close in recent weeks and always have a great laugh together," the source revealed.
"They all had a great night out in Krystle last Sunday, and at one point Thalia and Ryan were seen sharing a kiss in a corner of the club, so it's kind of an open secret now among the cast and crew.
"They're both single and just enjoying each other's company."
Sunday night's show was movie themed and saw Thalia and her dance partner Chris dance to Pharrell Williams' Happy, dressed as mimions and using inflatable and real bananas as props. The judges loved the couple and despite providing one of the best performances the public vote went against them.
Speaking of her exit from Dancing with the Stars, Thalia said she was "shocked".
"I don't know to be honest, people have been pretty shocked by what happened. Sure look when it comes down to public votes it's always going to be shocking."
However, despite leaving the show in the second week, Thalia said that she enjoyed the experience.
"It's been wonderful, absolutely wonderful," she said.
"It is bittersweet leaving and it's sad that we don't get to be there to participate every week and the rehearsals on a Saturday and Sunday down in Ardmore, despite them being ridiculous hours, they were some of the best hours of my life.
"I'm just really happy that everyone else is still in and they get to compete. That's what the bittersweetnes is, the sweetness is that the people are still there."
Still fuming Thalia is gone, seriously its a joke #DWTSIrl— Samantha Heffernan (@sammyheff99) January 29, 2017
Shame that #DWTSIrl doesn't have a dance-off - runs risk of being popularity contest rather than dance competition - let the judges decide!— Grace O'Sullivan (@gosulli) January 29, 2017
#DWTSIrl— Don Dealgan (@dealgan) January 29, 2017
Its unfair BS ...should b a dance-off!!! Thalia mch bttr dancer than teresa.. dr eva...des...aidan.
A retired judge will have to be appointed to investigate how Thalia lost out on #DWTSIrl— Declan Varley (@declanvarley) January 29, 2017