Wednesday 13 December 2017

Glitz, glamour and sequins as celebs take to the ballroom on first episode of Dancing With The Stars

Thalia Heffernan Katherine Lynch,Dr Eve Orsmond,Denise Mc Cormack Teresa Mannion and Aoibhin Garrihy during the Dancing with the Stars Live performance. Pic via
kobpix
Thalia Heffernan Katherine Lynch,Dr Eve Orsmond,Denise Mc Cormack Teresa Mannion and Aoibhin Garrihy during the Dancing with the Stars Live performance. Pic via kobpix
The Dancing with the Stars line-up

Sean O'Grady

It was a night of glitz, glamour and sequins on Dancing With The Stars as the celebrities took to the ballroom floor for the first time on Sunday night.

The contestants performed a group dance to Neil Diamond’s Putting On The Ritz before the male stars shimmed with their professional partners.

Des Cahill in his promo picture for Dancing with the Stars
Des Cahill in his promo picture for Dancing with the Stars

RTE Radio One presenter Des Cahill has been put through his paces by his partner, Ballyfermot woman Karen Byrne.

“Des Cahill’s partner is a real slave driver. She would have him dancing morning, noon and night if she could,” a well placed source told the Herald.

“She gave him a diet plan for Christmas. He has already had to put braces on his trousers because he has lost so much weight.”

The celebrities have put themselves on a strict diet with an insider admitting Katherine Lynch “hasn’t touched a carbohydrate in weeks” and has lost a further two stone since her appearance on Celebrity Operation Transformation.

Thalia Heffernan and Aoibhin Garrihy during the Dancing with the Stars Live performance.
Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Thalia Heffernan and Aoibhin Garrihy during the Dancing with the Stars Live performance. Picture: Kyran O'Brien

Hometown’s Dayl Cronin was the champion of the first night, scoring an impressive 23 out of 30 from the judges for dancing the Charleston.

“That was just the Charleston personified, brought into 21st century, I felt like I was in the Great Gatsby, clean, sharp and the dismount was lovely,” judge Julian Benson told the pop star.

Big Brother star Hughie Maughan came bottom of the pack with a score of 15 out of 30 for the Cha Cha.

GAA star Aidan O’Mahony scored 19, Des Cahill scored 16 and comedian Des Bishop notched up 18 from the judges.

Backstage talk swirled about the Ballymun man’s excessive use of tan with judge Loraine Barry poking fun at him by saying “how tan is tan?”

The female stars will take to the stage on next week’s show before the first contestant is eliminated in week three.

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