Dancing Des beats illness with samba sensation on DWTS
Dancing Des Cahill came back fighting on last night's Dancing With The Stars - after almost considering quitting the show.
The sports broadcaster (63) was struck down with a bout of illness this week, suffering from a sinus infection and fluid in his knee.
Switch-up week saw the presenter partnered with Ksenia Zsikhotska for last night's episode.
"I've a dose of the runs, I've a sinus infection, fluid on my knee. I woke up and considered pulling out. It's a battle. But there's sunlight at the end of it," he said.
"It was a difficult week but Ksenia was fantastic, she was making me focus."
Fortunately, the RTE star pulled out one of his best performances yet, dancing the samba with Ksenia and scored 17 out of 30 from the judges.
Revealed on last night's show was the introduction of the dance-off.
From next week, the bottom two acts will have to take to the dance floor for a second time, and it is the judges who will have the final say whether they stay or go.
Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern was in the audience to see show favourite Denise McCormack impress judges with her Viennese waltz with new partner John Nolan - and kept her high-scoring results up with 26 out of 30.
"You did amazingly well to keep that speed going. You never fail to deliver, Denise," judge Lorraine Barry said.
Katherine Lynch showed her serious side with a dramatic Paso Doble performance with Vitali Kozmin, scoring 21 out of 30.
"It was fiery, it was passionate, it was aggressive. The way you used your hands was excellent. This was a switch-up that's really worked," judge Brian Redmond said.
Dayl Cronin put his hip-hop skills to good use with new partner Valeria Milova, to give the stand-out performance of the night and scoring a maximum 30.
"It's sensational, it truly is. I thought it was wonderful. Everything was put into it. It's Oscar week soon, if this was the Oscars, you'd win an Oscar for that performance," Lorraine said.
Aoibhin Garrihy said she had a "stressful" week before dancing the foxtrot with Kai Widdrington. Although criticised for her footwork, the Fair City star still scored 28.
RTE reporter Teresa Mannion stepped out of her comfort zone, dancing the jive with Ryan McShane, but failed to impress as much as her fellow celebs, scoring 18.
The night ended on a low note for GAA star Aidan O'Mahony and dancer Karen Byrne.
The Kerryman's samba received the lowest score of the night with just 15.