Monday 20 August 2018

DWTS: Jake and Valeria set floor on fire as Marty earns his dance badge

RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Emily Barker,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Emily Barker,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Valeria Kuzmin ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary and Ryan McShane, during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars
Comedienne Deirdre O’Kane and Vitali Kuzmin Nolan,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Karen Byrne ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Valeria Kuzmin ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Sister of Conor Erin McGregor and John Nolan ,during the Switch Up weeks Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Karen Byrne ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Olympic Athlete Robert Heffernan and Ksenia Zsikhotska,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Model Alannah Beirne and Kai Widdrington during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Jake Carter and Valeria Milova doing a samba. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

There was Latin fever in the air in Ardmore last night when musician Jake Carter and Valeria Milova performed a sultry samba.

Sporting an open, tropical shirt that showed off his tanned six-pack, the Liverpudlian pop star wowed both the audience and the judges with the steamy Brazilian dance with partner Valeria.

Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Valeria Kuzmin ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Valeria Kuzmin ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

The pair were awarded an impressive 24 points by the judges, who all gave the dancers a score of eight points in what judge Julian Benson described as "one super sexy switch-up samba".

"We got nice bounce action. You shined on the floor tonight," he said.

Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Karen Byrne ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Karen Byrne ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

Judge Lorraine Barry was equally impressed.

"Everyone knows the samba is a difficult dance," she said.

Alannah Beirne and Kai Widdrington doing a tango. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Alannah Beirne and Kai Widdrington doing a tango. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The remaining eight celebrities swapped their usual dance partners in what host Amanda Byram called 'a whole new ball game in the ballroom'.

The sixth episode of the series saw the dancers trade places with their professional dance partners to take them out of their comfort zone and attempt new moves in just a week.

RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Emily Barker,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Emily Barker,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix

As a result, there was no elimination vote last night.

The show kicked off with a high-octane group dance featuring the celebrities and their partners dancing to 'Don't Leave Me This Way' by The Communards.

Marty Morrissey and Emily Barker doing a jive. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Marty Morrissey and Emily Barker doing a jive. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Several of the dancers expressed their loyalty to their former partners - despite some impressive new couplings.

"It was a different week, but Valeria's a great dancer," said Jake

Model Alannah Beirne and Kai Widdrington during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Model Alannah Beirne and Kai Widdrington during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

He added: "I still love Karen...I can't wait to get back to her."

The switch up also worked for model Alannah Beirne and Kai Widdrington, who also embraced the Argentinian tango amid an array of green laser beams as they danced to 'Green Light' by Lorde.

Olympic Athlete Robert Heffernan and Ksenia Zsikhotska,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Olympic Athlete Robert Heffernan and Ksenia Zsikhotska,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

The judges gave them a top score of 27 points for what judge Benson said was "a dark, dramatic tango".

Following close behind on the leader board was actress and comedian Deirdre O'Kane, who burned up the dance floor with partner Vitali Kozmin in their 'American smooth' ballroom dance to Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights'.

Sister of Conor Erin McGregor and John Nolan ,during the Switch Up weeks Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Sister of Conor Erin McGregor and John Nolan ,during the Switch Up weeks Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

O'Kane's acting skills were evident in her excellent characterisation during her performance, according to judge Brian Redmond.

Judge Benson also showered the pair with praise.

"Never mind .Wuthering Heights'. Tonight you reached new heights," he said.

Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Valeria Kuzmin ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Valeria Kuzmin ,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.
Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary and Ryan McShane, during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars
Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary and Ryan McShane, during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars

Die-hard GAA correspondent Marty Morrissey was lauded for his solid 'attempt' at a jive with partner Emily Barker, as the pair bobbed to Elton John's 'Crocodile Rock' after bizarrely emerging from a canoe dressed in scout uniforms.

According to Lorraine Barry, Morrissey's performance "missed a bit here and there".

"But I feel you seized the moment," she said.

Comedienne Deirdre O’Kane and Vitali Kuzmin Nolan,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Comedienne Deirdre O’Kane and Vitali Kuzmin Nolan,during the Switch Up Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

"A gold star for your effort," she added.

Despite the Valentine's Day-themed performance by athlete Rob Heffernan and Ksenia Zsikhotska, the judges failed to fall for their quickstep to Gregory Porter's 'L-O-V-E', which netted the pair just 16 points.

"I was expecting quite a lot for this," said judge Brian Redmond.

"I did like it....but I didn't L-O-V-E it," he said.

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