Monday 24 July 2017

Shock as Des Bishop booted off RTE’s Dancing with the Stars after Valentine's Day show

Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta dancing a Cha-Cha. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta dancing a Cha-Cha. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Des Bishop on Dancing With The Stars Ireland
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Des Bishop was given the heave-ho from RTE’s Dancing with the Stars in a shock move tonight after failing to impress on the Valentine’s Day special.

The show took on a special love theme last night as the seven remaining celebrities tried to keep the public enamoured with their dance-floor moves.

Aoibhin Garrihy dancing with partner Vitali Kozmin during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Aoibhin Garrihy dancing with partner Vitali Kozmin during the Second live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.Photo: Kyran O'Brien

But the newly-single comedian couldn’t drum up enough support from judges and the public alike and was given his marching orders in a vote that shocked the audience and Des alike.

"It was great fun. I thought we were pretty entertaining. I’m actually surprised, I’m not going to lie," said a clearly-shocked Des.

"It’s disappointing but Tuesday mornings going to be a little bit easier."

The show saw him performing a shirtless Paso Doble to U2’s hit ‘Love Comes to Town’, which earned him 24 points from the judges.

Teresa Mannion with her dancing partner John Nolan during rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars Photo: Gerry Mooney
Teresa Mannion with her dancing partner John Nolan during rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars Photo: Gerry Mooney

But their comments weren’t flattering, given that Brian Redmond saying how his facial expressions "get on my nerves a little bit" - and the voting public obviously agreed.

Meanwhile, actress Aoibhin Garrihy scored the first ten of the whole show for her Jive, along with partner Vitali Kozmin, as they performed to Meatloaf’s Dead Ringer for Love.

The talented star went straight to the top of the leader board with a score of 28 from the judges.

But audience favourite Des Cahill got hammered by the panel for his performance to ‘Don’t go Breaking My Heart’ by Elton John.

Des Cahill and Karen Byrne during the fifth live show of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Des Cahill and Karen Byrne during the fifth live show of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

He was rapped on the knuckles by the tough-talking trio for going for the entertainment value as opposed to concentrating on his dancing, scoring a seriously low score of 12 points.

He said afterwards how he found the comments "rough" and was conscious to pick the right song for the night, given that his partner Karen Byrne is only 24.

"I’m the same age as her dad so for a romance night, you get an appropriate song," he said.

Kerry GAA player Aidan O’Mahony did a "bold Tango" to the tune of ‘Easy Lover’ by Phil Collins and was praised by judges for "improving consistently" - but so was everybody else.

He told presenter Nicky Byrne that being a Garda helped with his "serious face", given the sombre mood of the dance.

Comedian Katherine Lynch chanelled her inner Olivia Newton John as she did a quick-step to the tune of ‘You’re The One that I Want’ from the hit music Grease.

She ended her performance with a cute smooch with partner Kai Widdrington, getting 21 points.

Hometown star Dayl Cronin came over all Marvin Gaye for ‘Let’s Get it On’ as he donned a pink frilly shirt for a sedate fox-trot, scoring 22.

Next week's show sees the remaining celebrities swapping dance partners as producers shake things up on the popular programme.

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