Bernard O'Shea voted off Dancing With the Stars after dance-off with Erin McGregor
Bernard O'Shea has become the latest celebrity to be booted off Dancing with the Stars after he became the first victim of this series' dreaded dance-off.
The RTE presenter, who scored the lowest score of the evening at 13, became the fifth celebrity to leave the show after losing out to Erin McGregor in a tense dance-off.
This is the first time the elimination process has been used in the second series of the show. It saw the judges choosing Erin to go through to next week's show after she had one of her best performances of the series so far, earning the second-highest score of the night.
Host Nicky told her she had finally "arrived" as her paso double with Ryan McShane was dubbed "paso perfection" by Julian Benson. The judge awarded the pair their first 10 points of the series and they earned a total of 27.
However, Bernard and Valeria's cat-inspired Viennese waltz failed to light up the scoreboard. It came as no surprise to see the pair in the dance-off and they walked away with their fluffy tails between their legs.
The top score of the night was awarded to Anna Geary and Kai. The GAA star closed off the show with a Charleston that wowed the judges. Lorraine praised not only Anna's footwork but her animated expressions throughout the performance. The Cork contestant was smiling from ear to ear as her perfect score of 30 was called out.
Fresh from hosting this weeks IFTAs, Deirdre O'Kane displayed some growing confidence in her movements through an elegant waltz with partner John Nolan. They won 20 points from the judges.
Meanwhile, Rob Heffernan and Emily Barker worked up a sweat with their salsa. The highly energetic performance included some impressive lifts from Rob and earned the duo 21 points. Praise was also heaped on Jake Carter's tango "hot, fiery and dramatic" tango, earning the musician 26 points.
Marty Morrissey and Kseina did the foxtrot to the song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. The dancing duo celebrated 16 points, their highest of the season so far. They were sitting at the bottom half of the table, just three points above Bernard and Valeria, but it didn't stop the viewers from voting to keep them in.
Alannah Beirne and Vitali bagged a score of 22 from the judges with their steamy rumba. However, they were five points shy of their 27 score last week.
Tonight's show proved that the heat is on as the second series of Dancing with the Stars progresses. While some dancers are growing in confidence and displaying real skill and technique, others are struggling and the difference between the top and the bottom of the table is becoming striking.