Wednesday 24 July 2019

Devastated: Belle of the ballroom Holly latest to leave 'DWTS'

Voted out: Holly Carpenter with Trent Whiddon on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ last night. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Voted out: Holly Carpenter with Trent Whiddon on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ last night. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Belle of the ballroom Holly Carpenter was the latest celebrity to be eliminated from 'Dancing With The Stars' as her 'Beauty and The Beast' foxtrot failed to set viewers' hearts alight.

Speaking after the vote, she told the Irish Independent she was "devastated" to be voted off the show.

"It's really strange and you're on this journey and you want to be on it the whole way to the end. It is pretty gutting to hear your name," she said.

"I'm not going to lie, I don't like watching these shows and people saying, 'I am just glad I took part and I'm OK that I was eliminated' - of course I am devastated, it's been so much fun. But I can't look back and say I didn't try my best."

Meanwhile, there was movie magic on the dancefloor from country music singer Cliona Hagan as she embraced her inner Elle Woods and opened the show with a jive to 'Perfect Day' from the film 'Legally Blonde'.

All guns were blazing for Denis Bastick as he became maverick for a polished and precise tango with partner Valeria Milova. However, judge Brian Redmond was concerned he hadn't done enough.

"I'm afraid you might be in the danger zone after that," he warned.

However, fellow judge Loraine Barry disagreed.

"You're not in the danger zone for me because I liked it. It needs a little more backbone in it but I still thought very good effort for a good tango."

Actress Demi Isaac Oviawe put on a fierce display with her salsa to Beyoncé's 'One Night Only', with the routine a breakthrough moment for the 18-year-old Leaving Cert student, notching up 20 points, her highest score to date.

Redmond was highly impressed with her moves, saying: "You're definitely on the up now.

"We have been asking you to go for it and tonight it was attack, attack, attack."

Comedian Fred Cooke pulled out all the stops for his role as Detective Clouseau from 'Pink Panther', shaving off his beard to achieve the sleuth's signature moustache. However, his American smooth failed to impress the judges, landing at the bottom of the leaderboard with 13 points.

"The footwork was atrocious, every step in it was flat," said Redmond.

Actor Johnny Ward proved his 'Batman' fan credentials, showing off a shrine to the superhero in his parents' attic.

He got into the role - one he said he was too short to play in real life - and gave a "blockbuster performance", according to Redmond.

He scored two eights and the first nine of the season.

Stylist Darren Kennedy performed to a number from the 'Jungle Book', with his Charleston sending the audience wild, and scored him 18 points.

Mairead Ronan tangoed her way to three eights to a 'Pretty Woman'-themed routine with partner John Nolan. She found herself third on the leaderboard.

Irish Independent

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