Sunday 16 December 2018

Dancing with the Stars is 'a popularity contest like school', says model Alannah

Model Alannah Beirne and Vitali Kozmin
Model Alannah Beirne and Vitali Kozmin
Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

Alannah Beirne has likened competing on Dancing With The Stars to being back in school - as popularity sometimes matters more than skill.

The Kildare woman (24) has been dancing up a storm on the series and has been near the top of the leaderboard since week one.

However, with fan favourites like Marty Morrissey and Erin McGregor in the running, she reckons personality is just as important in taking home the glitterball trophy.

Characters

Alannah Beirne revealed this morning that she will be stepping onto the dance floor with brand new partner, Kai Widdrington, for 'switch-up' week this Sunday on Dancing with the Stars.
Alannah Beirne revealed this morning that she will be stepping onto the dance floor with brand new partner, Kai Widdrington, for 'switch-up' week this Sunday on Dancing with the Stars.

"It's almost like being back in school, the popularity contest. Who likes who better?" she said.

"There's so many characters in this competition. As much as it's fun and all that's great, a massive part of it is showing off who you are and your personality.

"A lot of people didn't have a chance to watch me on Britain's Next Top Model. Only a small portion of Ireland saw me on that, probably young girls.

"You just don't know in this competition.

Broadcaster Maia Dunphy and Robert Rowiński who were voted out
Broadcaster Maia Dunphy and Robert Rowiński who were voted out

"Marty as well, he's older, and he might not be there with Anna Geary or Jake Carter, but he has the whole country behind him and he's enjoying the dancing as well.

"The thing is nobody knows. You don't have a clue who will go home."

After Maia Dunphy was eliminated last Sunday, Alannah reckons it's impossible to guess who will be given the boot next.

Alannah will be partnered with Anna Geary's usual dance partner, Kai Widdrington, this Sunday for switch-up week, which sees all the celebrities dance with a new partner.

"Kai is so much more relaxed. He's very chilled. Vitali is more like, 'Go go go, it needs to be perfect'," she said.

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The model was left with a bruised rib going into last week's show after she injured herself during rehearsals.

Despite the setback, she still managed to score 23 points. However, she is not fully healed yet.

"I was running around Vitali and accidentally fell on him. I was winded, I couldn't really breathe and you know the way you go on, 'Ah I'm grand', but I was in serious agony," she told the Herald.

"It kind of affected my performance. On the night, I wasn't happy with it.

"They gave me constructive criticism, which I need as well to improve. I messed up a couple of steps at the end.

"I forgot some of the steps, and I was raging about it. I still got good marks."

DWTS airs on Sunday at 6.30pm on RTE One

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