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Country gal: Cliona Hagan and Robert Rowinski during the second live show of ‘Dancing With The Stars’. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Country gal: Cliona Hagan and Robert Rowinski during the second live show of ‘Dancing With The Stars’. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Country gal: Cliona Hagan and Robert Rowinski during the second live show of ‘Dancing With The Stars’. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

It was the turn of the girls last night on 'Dancing With The Stars', and there was everything from bus stops to a country-style quickstep on the second week of the show.

Known to most viewers as Niamh Brennan from 'Fair City', Clelia Murphy was nervous about following in Johnny Ward's footsteps last week and taking on the jive.

She split the judging panel with her "chairography" at the bus stop at the start of the number to 'Tell Her About It' by Billy Joel.

Brian Redmond thought maybe a bus strike had been called as she was sitting so long at the start.

Meanwhile, Julian Benson and Loraine Barry loved the cute moment between her and partner Vitali Kozmin.

However, Clelia was just worried her fishnet tights would snag on the bench. She fared well and racked up 19 points.

Holly Carpenter salsa-ed her way on to the show in sparkly fashion. The former Miss Ireland was praised for her natural hip action from the judges, with Julian going so far as to say her Latin number was "Hollylicious" and hinted at an "inner diva" in the model (27).

A change of partner after professional dancer Curtis Pritchard was injured didn't seem to hold the beauty queen back either, as she took to the floor with Trent Whiddon.

She said Curtis had given her some tough love when she was nervous before the show started.

"I'm delighted I can tell him now I was in the middle of the board," she said. "I would have been disappointed to have to ring him and tell him I messed up."

It was a "promising" performance, according to Loraine, which notched up 16 points.

Meanwhile, 'Mrs Brown's Boys' star Eilish O'Carroll left the curlers at home and, in the words of Brian, she proved she could tell her waltz from a tango. Dancing to the tune of 'I Can't Tell A Waltz From A Tango', the 66-year-old had the audience on their feet for what Loraine called an "inspirational" turn on the dance floor.

Eilish said that brother Brendan was cheering her on from Florida.

There was a test on the 1916 Rising this morning for 'Young Offenders' actress and Leaving Cert student Demi Isaac Oviawe, but it was far from her mind as her cha-cha-cha with Kai Widdrington was examined by the judges.

However, there was disappointment in store with the scores, with the 18-year-old star landing bottom of the leader board with 10 points.

Emotions

Emotions were running high for her, who said she was thinking about her family during the performance.

A fusion of line dancing and the quickstep had Cliona Hagan hot on 'Love/Hate' star Johnny Ward's jive last week, the country singer impressing the judges and bagging straight sevens.

A strained tendon in her foot - or her partner Robert Rowinski's trouble understanding her Northern accent - didn't perturb the Tyrone woman, who revealed she had helped choreograph the country elements into her dance.

Next week, the show enters the business end of the competition, with the first elimination.

Irish Independent