'I should have left last week' - Dr Eva Orsmond on DWTS elimination
Dr Eva Orsmond became the third celebrity to be voted off Dancing with the Stars but she admitted that she believes she should have gone earlier.
The former Operation Transformation host struggled to impress the judges with her foxtrot and ended up with a score of just 14 out of 30 on Sunday night's show.
She was eliminated after failing to win the public vote, becoming the latest star to leave the show after reality TV star Hughie Maughan and model Thalia Heffernan left in the first weeks.
But Eva feels lucky to have survived the competition as long as she did.
"I didn't think I was as good as the others," she told The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Radio One.
"But then, obviously, I was hoping in my head that I was being critical about myself. You hope until the end that you stay and I was preparing myself to go but at the same time, when you're standing there in the last three, you say, 'Please don't mention my name'."
When asked if she was sad to leave the show, Eva said she was lucky to make it so far and felt that she should have been eliminated last week, instead of Thalia.
"I was sad, but no, I wasn't fighting tears because I suppose the last three weeks the reality has hit. I actually, honestly myself, I think it was unfair that I didn't leave last week.
"I thought Thalia was much better than me and I should have left last week."
She added: "Every time I was waiting to go on the stage and do the dance I said to myself, 'Why am I doing this? I don't need to do this and I'm putting myself under this pressure and horrible torture'"
"And then I said to myself, 'When I'm there I love it, do you know what? Just enjoy it. Think about it: the audience, 650,000 people watching it, have a ball! It's only a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. It won't happen again'. And that's what I did."
Judge Julian Benson missed Sunday night's live show after he came down with a bout of pneumonia but Eva joked t
She tipped former Hometown singer Dayl Cronin for success, as well as former Fair City star Aoibhin Garrihy and Red Rock actress Denise McCormack.
"The gap between the weaker dancers and the really talented ones is getting bigger," she said.