Stars facing 'Dance Off' as Des sambas through pain and Dayl gives everything to get top score
RTÉ series 'Dancing with the Stars' will see the introduction of a 'Dance Off' next weekend, limiting the influence of the controversial public vote on the show.
From Sunday next, the bottom two acts will have to take to the dance floor for a second time and it's the judges who will have the final say over whether they stay or go.
Until now, the judges' votes were coupled with those of the public, and the pair with the lowest score found themselves sent home.
From next weekend on, following in the format of 'Strictly Come Dancing', the weakest two pairs will battle it out in front of the show's judges at the end of the night.
There were no eliminations last night as the remaining acts swapped dance partners and aimed to wow the judges at Ardmore Studios in Wicklow.
Star of the night was boy bander Dayl Cronin who got the first top score of the series so far.
Dayl teamed up with Valeria Milova for a fast-paced salsa to 'Give Me Everything' by Pitbull that wowed the judging panel and audience alike, earning them a standing ovation.
Earlier in the show, sportscaster Des Cahill was first to take to the stage, having battled illness all week.
Des, who needed a cortisone shot to his knee before the dance, undertook a samba with new partner Ksenia Zsikhotska to 'Quando, Quando, Quando' by Engelbert Humperdinck.
"It was a difficult week because I couldn't do a lot, but Ksenia was fantastic and made me focus," Des revealed.
Cahill scored 17 points from the judges.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was in the crowd and sat beside daughter Georgina Byrne, who is married to host Nicky Byrne.