Friday 23 March 2018

Tears flow as Dessie dances off into the night after shock exit

Des Cahill and Karen Byrne perform their routine during their last show on RTÉ’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Des Cahill and Karen Byrne perform their routine during their last show on RTÉ’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Des Cahill hung up his sequinned shirt after waltzing off 'Dancing with the Stars' last night in a shock elimination.

'Dancing Dessie' was given his marching orders from the RTÉ programme after judges opted to save actress Aoibhín Garrihy in the dance-off.

Despite being an audience favourite and pulling off a memorable jive to 'Do You Love Me' from the hit movie 'Dirty Dancing', it wasn't enough to save him.

Reacting to the news, both Cahill and partner Karen Byrne broke down in tears. He said he was "humbled" to have been kept in so long by the public.

"It's been fantastic, there hasn't been one bad day," he said.

"I'm really grateful to my family and especially my wife Caroline, I've barely seen them.

"I was the right man to go at this time."

Earlier in the night, he scored the lowest from the judges with 19 points.

In a unique twist, the five celebrities had to perform a jive to 'Ballroom Blitz' as they worked up a sweat for a frenzied three-minute-long dance.

Judges eliminated them gradually based on their performance, with Cahill sent off first while Dayl Cronin was the last man standing.

This gave him a maximum of five points, added to the 28 points from judges putting him on top of the leaderboard.

New dad Aidan O'Mahony said he had an "amazing week" after welcoming in baby Lucia with wife Denise Healy last Thursday.

He said that she arrived into the world with "a fabulous head of black hair".

"The adrenaline of having a baby gives you extra motivation. It's a glorious time," he said.

Despite only having two days to rehearse, he pulled off an impressive cha-cha-cha and got 22 points. Golden girl Denise McCormack proved why she's topping the leaderboard every week with a flawless Charleston to 'A Little Party Never Killed Nobody' by Fergie.

Her hard efforts paid off - she got her first 30 of the series, an achievement equalled only by Cronin. The 'Hometown' star last night danced the Paso Doble to 'Bamboleo' by the Gypsy Kings.

This weekend sees the remaining four celebrities battling it out to stay in the show as they perform two routines each.

Irish Independent

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