Monday 19 November 2018

'I'm Marty and I like to party' - Dancing With The Stars is officially back in business

RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Ksenia Zsikhotska during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Ksenia Zsikhotska during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix

Sean O'Grady

RTE's juggernaut Dancing With The Stars is officially back in business as the show's second series debuted tonight.

The show opened to rapturous applause from the crowd in Ardmore Film Factory as the eleven celebrity contestants took to the floor together for the first time to showcase their skills to the nation.

They strutted their stuff to Relight My Fire for the show's opening number before the male celebrities  showed off their moves to the audience after weeks of blood, sweat and tears in the rehearsal studio.

Eagle-eyed fans may have spotted some celebrities in the audience.

Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Valeria Milova during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Valeria Milova during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Ksenia Zsikhotska during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Ksenia Zsikhotska during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Olympic Athlete Robert Heffernan and Emily Barker during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Former Rugby Player Tomás O’Leary and Giulia Dotta during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Karen Byrne during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Singer and Brother of Nathan Jake Carter and Karen Byrne during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Former Rugby Player Tomás O’Leary and Giulia Dotta during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Valeria Milova during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Aidan O’Mahony and Valeria Milova during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Maia Dunphy and Erin Mc Gregor during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Deirdre O’Kane and Alannah Beirne during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Norah Casey and Anna Geary during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
The opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Judges Brian Redmond ,Lorraine Barry and Darren Bennett during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Anna Geary, Norah Casey,Alannah Beirne,Erin Mc Gregor,Maia Dunphy and Deirdre O’Kane during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix
Broadcaster and Comedian Bernard O’Shea and Valeria Milova during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix

Contestant Maia Dunphy's husband, comedian Johnny Vegas, was front and centre to watch his wife make her dancing debut.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Zamparelli was there to watch her 2fm co-host Bernard O'Shea and last year's contestants Denise McCormack and Aoibhin Garrihy.

Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram were back as hosts for the second year.

Amanda took a slip on the stairs while making her grand entrance but quickly recovered to greet the audience.

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Olympic walker Rob Heffernan was the first contestant out on the floor, dancing the jive with his partner Emily Barker to One Way Or Another, with Emily describing it as a "really difficult dance".

The Cork native's performance was well received by judges Loraine Barry, Brian Redmond and Darren Bennett who awarded him 17 points out of 30.

Second up was radio host Bernard O'Shea dancing the tango with last year's winning dancer, Valeria Milova.

While his tango was said to be "more walking than stalking at times" by Darren Bennett, the Laois native was praised for improving over the last few weeks but only managed to receive 10 points out of 30.

Rugby star Tomas O'Leary was third on the dancefloor and performed the foxtrot with Giulia Dotta.

Redmond said it was "not a bad attempt" and he received 17 points.

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The female celebrities took to the dancefloor for a group dance to Ain't Your Mama with Erin McGregor saying the pain of the performance was "like childbirth".

Singer Jake Carter from Liverpool, known to music fans for being Nathan Carter's younger brother, danced the tango with Dubliner Karen Byrne.

The pair received the top score of the night, scoring 19 out of 30.

Closing the show was RTE stalwart and fan favourite Marty Morrissey dancing the quickstep with partner Ksenia Zsikhotska.

Declaring in his VT, "I'm Marty and I like to party", the TV star receieved a raturous applause from the audience after his performance and was praised for being light on his feet by Barry.

However, the judges were tough with their results, awarding Morrissey a modest 12 points.

The female celebrities, Deirdre O'Kane, Maia Dunphy, Erin McGregor, Alannah Beirne, Anna Geary and Norah Casey will perform with their dance partners on next week's show while the first celebrity will be eliminated in week 3.

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