GAA star Aidan O’Mahony 'stunned' after winning' RTÉ's ‘Dancing with the Stars.’
GAA star Aidan O’Mahony scored the ultimate victory last night after waltzing away as the winner of ‘Dancing with the Stars'.
The Kerry All-Star winner (37) and his partner Valeria Milova beat off stiff competition from actresses Denise McCormack and Aoibinn Garrihy to be crowned the winner of the first series of the popular RTE Show.
His victory received a mixed reaction on social media, with many attributing it to the strength of the regional vote and perhaps the strength of the boys in blue.
He said he was "stunned" at winning the show - which was voted for by the public - and dedicated his victory to "my little lady", his three-week-old baby girl Lucia.
"The big thing for me this week was to come back and prove that we deserved to be in the final. For our last dance, we put in four days down in Kerry and we gave the dance everything," he told Independent.ie.
"For me, it was all about going out there and performing and I enjoyed it thoroughly, the three dances. The Salsa, that was my first time kicking a ball in three months. it was just a great experience."
He said he’d come a long way from the start of the show, when he "nearly had a nervous breakdown" trying to learn the steps.
Asked about the strength of the regional vote, given that the Kingdom had gotten behind him, he believes it was more about his ‘journey’ on the show.
"Last Sunday night, a lady from Wexford came out to me and said, ‘You were probably one of the only people that’s left in the competition that has no background in dancing whatsooever. We’ve been voting for you every week and it’s because this competition is about people improving from nothing.’
"That was great confidence for me and I brought that with me this week. There was no loser in this. It’s not about the Glitterball or anything for us. It’s an entertainment show and it’s been 12 weeks - the body’s drained. I’m looking forward to getting back home and being a full-time dad and getting back to work and a bit of normality and enjoying life with my wife."
His rivals Aoibhin and Denise both said they were delighted with his victory.
"I gave it my all," said Aoibhin.
"There’s no more fuel in the tank. If it wasn’t going to be me, I’m delighted it was Aidan."
Reacting to his victory, Denise said she was "thrilled" for him and he was an excellent ambassador for young boys with all his sporting achievements.