Saturday 20 October 2018

'I'm the only one who hasn't lost weight on Dancing with the Stars' says king of dad dancing Bernard O'Shea

Bernard O'Shea and his dance partner, Valeria Milova prepare for Sundays dancing with the stars show.
Bernard O'Shea and his dance partner, Valeria Milova prepare for Sundays dancing with the stars show.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

King of "Dad Dancing" Bernard O'Shea says he is the only member of Dancing With The Stars not to have lost any weight despite his efforts.

Having spent close to three months rehearsing, the majority of O'Shea's co-stars have started to notice their fitness levels drastically improve, and their waistlines shrink.

Jake Carter, for example, has dropped a stone.

O'Shea says unfortunately it's not the same case for him.

Bernard O'Shea and his dance partner, Valeria Milova prepare for Sundays dancing with the stars show.
Bernard O'Shea and his dance partner, Valeria Milova prepare for Sundays dancing with the stars show.

"My wife did ask me 'Why are you the only one on the show who hasn't lost any weight'," he says. "I haven't lost anything."

"I wanted to draw a six-pack on, like I did when I was in Republic Of Telly with Georgia Salpa but I don't think it's happening," he says.

This week, it is Movie Night in Ardmore Studios and O'Shea will dress up as Captain Jack Sparrow - complete with guyliner and Cuban heels - and dance to He's A Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean.

"Basically I am dancing in high heels, so that's tough. But I find all the dances hard, if I was going out to do the hokey cokey I'd think it was difficult," he said.

His fellow contestants seem to be embracing movie week with gusto.

Marty Morrissey will dance the American smooth to Pretty Irish Girl from 1959 film Darby O'Gill And The Little People.

Bookies favourite Erin McGregor will be dancing the Charleston to Woo Hoo from Kill Bill while Carter will perform the cha cha to The Power Of Love from Back to the Future.

Rob Heffernan and Emily Barker dance the samba to Jump In The Line from Beetlejuice, while sports star Anna Geary will perform to Let It Go from Disney's Frozen.

Last week, O'Shea managed to avoid the first public elimination - with Norah Casey bowing out instead.

"Of course I was shocked," he said during rehearsals this week with dance partner Valeria Milova.

"There's no point in lying about it. But I was more shocked I didn't drop Valeria and break any bones in her body. That's always the challenge."

The dad-of-two doesn't expect to score as highly with the judges during Movie Week.

"I expect nothing," he says. "Look, I am at the bottom, and I am one of the weaker dancers. So every week I will be expecting to go home. Every week I just want to go out and have fun."

His game plan is "is to either be amazing, be terrible, or to not show up."

While he is enjoying the razzle dazzle of the show, he admits it is demanding juggling an early morning radio gig and fatherhood.

"I am bo***xed," he says. "But it is good tired."

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