Sunday 22 September 2019

'In our eyes she is a winner' - proud dad Donal on dancing queen Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Evanna Lynch was pipped at the post for the Mirrorball Trophy in the final of America's Dancing With The Stars in Los Angeles on Monday night.

The Harry Potter star ended up placing third on the night, missing out on the crown to radio star Bobby Bones.

However, her dad Donal Lynch, who jetted out to the States on Friday morning with his wife Marguerite to cheer on their talented daughter, said that they were "immensely proud" of Evanna.

"Her performance last night topped all she had done over the series," he told the Herald.

"Both dances she did last night were excellent and she was the only one to get full scores for both of them - so in our eyes she is a winner.

"We are extremely grateful for all the support in America and at home - we didn't expect that at all.

"It's been a wonderful experience.

"She told us she would dance her heart out and she did. When you leave everything on the stage, when you give it everything like Evanna did, what more can you do?"

Marguerite added that overall, the glitzy show had been a "thoroughly positive experience" for the Co Louth family.

Gracious in defeat, Evanna took to her social media to thank all her fans who had kept her in the competition over the weeks, saying their support had "meant the world" to her and professional dance partner Keo Motsepe.

"I just wanted to say thank you for all your amazing comments and your support and your votes, it meant the world to have that kind of support on this journey," she said.

"Keo and I are very, very grateful."

The Irish actress (27), who rose to fame as young witch Luna Lovegood, also received a special good luck message from her former co-star Emma Watson.

Emma shared a video wishing her luck, which was shown by the ABC Network on the night.

"Evanna, you are in the final! Can we just say this again? You are in the final," said Emma.

Judge Bruno Tonioli praised Evanna's dance with partner Keo, saying it complemented her fun personality.

"It was bright, it was quirky," he said.

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