Tuesday 20 August 2019

TV final won't be the last dance for me, says Cliona

‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Cliona Hagan is aiming for victory in tonight’s final — and also plans to use her ballroom skills in future. Photo: Mark Condren
‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Cliona Hagan is aiming for victory in tonight’s final — and also plans to use her ballroom skills in future. Photo: Mark Condren
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Country music star Cliona Hagan says she is planning to introduce dance elements into her new tour after she finishes on Dancing With the Stars tonight.

Hagan is bidding to become the first woman to win the Glitterball trophy in tonight's show after it was won by Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony and singer Jake Carter in previous seasons.

However, she said she knows she is facing tough competition from broadcaster Mairead Ronan and Love/Hate actor Johnny Ward.

"It is sad that it is all coming to an end because it has been great working with such lovely people. Johnny and Mairead are working very hard as well so I am sure it will be a great night."

Regardless of tonight's result, Hagan said she is determined to keep dancing.

She is set to start a new tour with her band in April and said is a determined to incorporate a dance element into her performances.

"The dancing experience I had before now is zero.

"I never realised there were so many different types, the different ballroom dances, Latin dances and other ones I never knew existed. Not everyone is lucky enough to have experienced that in their lifetime.

"I am going to have to try and do some foxtrots and waltzes in my own show.

"I would love to keep some part of dancing in it and keep it in my life some way, because it does bring such joy to me."

Each of the finalists will perform three dances tonight: one chosen by the judges, one picked by the contestant and a final showstopper dance.

The judges picked the quickstep for Hagan, the first dance she performed in the series. She picked a rumba for her second dance.

"The pressure will be on because I'll have to make sure I remember these steps and see if I have improved any bit because I am sure that is what the judges will be looking at.

"I need to make sure I have a straight leg for the rumba and that my timing is right. There is pressure but I don't want it to overshadow my last night because I have worked very hard to get to this point."

She is not allowed to reveal her showstopper routine until tonight but said it is very exciting.

"The choreography made up for this dance is out of this world. It is by far the toughest dance I have done and completely exhausting but it's lovely."

But she admitted there will be a hint of sadness to the evening after the tragedy in her home town that saw three teenagers die outside a disco in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, last week.

The final of 'Dancing with the Stars' airs at 6.30pm on RTE One.

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