Sunday 21 January 2018

Look out! The 'Dessie Swim' is coming to a nightclub near you

Des Cahill does the dancefloor swim with dancer Karen Byrne from Ballyfermot in Dublin. Photo: kobpix
Des Cahill does the dancefloor swim with dancer Karen Byrne from Ballyfermot in Dublin. Photo: kobpix

Sean O'Grady

Sports broadcaster Des Cahill (63) caught the nation's imagination with his and partner Karen Byrne's performance on last weekend's Dancing With The Stars - so much so that the hilarious move is becoming a regular staple on dance floors.

The "Dessie Swim" saw Des straddle Karen backwards in a double caterpillar, drawing huge cheers from the audience and securing him a place in next Sunday's show.

"Apparently it's being done in nightclubs as well. People are texting me. I don't think the bouncers will allow it to be a trend for very long," Des said.

The move is also proving a hit among professional Karen's young dancers.

Des Cahill & Karen Byrne: dancing a Salsa to ’Soul Bossa Nova’ from Quincy Jones , pictured during the Fourth live show of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.
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Des Cahill & Karen Byrne: dancing a Salsa to ’Soul Bossa Nova’ from Quincy Jones , pictured during the Fourth live show of RTE’s Dancing with the stars. kobpix

"I went into a class there and they were all going, 'do the swim'. It's had quite an impact," Des told the Herald.

The RTE host has also won over the live audience, drawing the loudest cheers and a standing ovation for the last two weeks.

The Shankill man believes the support is a sign that the audience appreciate all the hard work he has put in.

"It's lovely, a bit unreal in the sense I'm not used to it. That doesn't mean we are going to win by any means. It's a sign they like the pairing. If I just went out and acted the eejit and they felt I wasn't trying, they wouldn't cheer you," he said.

Des Cahill & Karen Byrne: dancing a Salsa to ’Soul Bossa Nova’ from Quincy Jones , pictured during the Fourth live show of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.
kobpix
Des Cahill & Karen Byrne: dancing a Salsa to ’Soul Bossa Nova’ from Quincy Jones , pictured during the Fourth live show of RTE’s Dancing with the stars. kobpix

Des and Karen have become fast friends over the last few weeks with the RTE star saying they have much in common despite their age difference.

"She's a very beautiful, graceful dancer. There's a huge age gap but we get on really well and we have the same sense of humour," he said.

"That makes it more fun. I'm delighted she doesn't mind getting me because obviously, you could have thought, 'I hope I don't get the older fella'."

Des was considered an outsider when the contestants were announced and was given odds of just 50/1 to win.

They have since been slashed to 25/1 and the presenter's confidence has grown along with his support.

"It has in a way. What I'm confident in is Karen's choreography," he said. "She understands what works and what people will like and what works with the audience. She understands the theatre and the drama of it. I have great confidence in her."

The Dubliner is keeping his fingers crossed that he will make it to the final.

"I'd love to. I realise there are better dancers than me but I'd like to think that some of them see us as decent," he said.

Although he's loved by the audience, Des doesn't think he's a threat to the others.

"I don't think I'm a threat to anybody. I'm much older than the others. A lot of them are the same age as my kids but we have a very good relationship."

Herald

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