Friday 15 December 2017

'I'm regretting it now'- Wild night after DWTS debut leaves Des Bishop behind in rehearsals

Des Bishop, Thalia Heffernan and Katherine Lynch
Des Bishop, Thalia Heffernan and Katherine Lynch
Des Bishop and Guilia Dotta

Sean O'Grady

He impressed judges with his performance on Dancing With The Stars, but Des Bishop has been struggling through this week's rehearsals after a wild night of partying.

The comedian (41) strutted his stuff along with the other male contestants on last Sunday's show and has had to battle through rehearsals this week after the cast went out to celebrate.

"I was sore on Monday and even sorer on Tuesday. I shouldn't have gone out dancing all night, I really felt that. We went out afterwards and we danced until 2.30 in the morning. I danced from 9am until two in the morning and I'm regretting it now," he told the Herald.

The US-born star has had a more difficult time getting his dances right this week with partner Giulia Dotta (inset with Des) and is relieved there will not be an elimination until week three.

Des Bishop and Guilia Dotta
Des Bishop and Guilia Dotta

"I've been at 50pc energy all this week. I haven't been able to give it as much in rehearsals. I really felt it, 41 crept up on me a bit. We went out for karaoke," he said.

"We were all starving and I said 'let's go for Chinese' and, long story short, nine of us went and they gave us a private room and eating and then the karaoke came on and it all got pretty full-on."

The celebrities and their dance partners made their way back to Dublin from Ardmore Studios in Bray and hit Harcourt Street for a night out.

They first tried celebrity haunt Krystle, before going next door to Dicey's.

"We said 'let's go out dancing' and it was one of the great nights of my life. We were out and I had so much more confidence to grab strangers and do a little boogie, and I was dancing with the pros. We were giving it full Saturday Night Fever," he said.

Unlike Des, Dr Eva Orsmond has been throwing herself into rehearsals.

She has a pole at home and has mastered the art of pole dancing over the years.

Meanwhile, producer Larry Bass has indicated that the programme will run for at least three seasons and the set, which cost around €2.5m, has been "built to last".

The TV show got strong ratings, although some viewers felt the lack of a live band was a disadvantage.

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