Public are Teresa Mannion's secret weapon as she defies all odds in DWTS
RTE's Teresa Mannion said it is "utterly gratifying" to see the support she's getting from the public, who have rallied behind her on Dancing With The Stars.
The reporter has continued to defy the bookies to remain on the show, thanks to the strength of the viewers' vote.
Last Sunday saw her and Des Cahill place in the bottom two of the judges' leaderboard when they scored 15 and 12 points respectively, while Des Bishop, who scored 24 points, was voted out.
"It was a shocker - what can I say?" said Teresa. "It's light entertainment as well as a dancing show and you can never legislate for how the public is going to vote.
"If you're scoring low on the judges' leaderboard, you have to be getting in a fairly good public vote to bring yourself up.
"So the fact that myself and Des are fairly high up in the public vote in terms of the ranking, that means there has to be quite a sizeable vote out there. The show is about personality as well as dancing."
Teresa said she's still pinching herself that she has made it to week seven of the flagship show as she only ever took it on a week-to-week basis.
"I really want to keep improving because I know there's public support for me out there," she said.
"I guess I'm really thankful and appreciative that people want to see me there. If you're being saved, you're being saved for a reason.
"We all have to accept that's what it is. It's all out of our control and everyone's going to have an opinion on you. I'm just so amazed I'm still there on week seven. Every week has been a bonus."
Teresa also said she has shed a stone, and added that it's "not rocket science", given all the energetic dancing she's been doing.
She has been "getting lots of support" from her colleagues in the RTE newsroom as well, given that they started a sweepstake at the start of the show.
"Sean Whelan, our economics correspondent, ended up getting me and obviously I'm still there so we've been getting great support and lots of amazing feedback," said Teresa.
"It's great to see hacks watching the show. It's got such a great cross-section of viewers."
Hometown's Dayl Cronin said he was "a bit gutted" with his judges' score of 22 last Sunday, but added that that it has given him room to improve.
"It's good to be brought down a peg, I suppose, because it gives me something to work towards," he said.
"It's getting harder. I think everything is catching up on us now because we've been doing it for six, seven weeks in a row."