Sunday 18 November 2018

Marty Party could be over as odds of Morrissey winning Dancing with the Stars plummet after dodgy cha-cha

Marty Morrissey
Marty Morrissey

Melanie Finn and Kirsty Blake Knox

RTE's Marty Morrissey has vowed to come back fighting after dropping down the rankings when it comes to his chances of winning Dancing With The Stars.

The sports commentator was hotly tipped to waltz all the way to the final when he first stepped on to the dance floor of the RTE competition.

But after a disastrous performance of the cha-cha on Sunday night saw him score only eight points from the judges - the lowest in the show's history - it seems he has temporarily fallen out of favour.


The girls
The girls

Marty has been kicked off top spot by fitness model Erin McGregor and now has odds of only 10/1 to win the show - while Conor's sister has odds of 5/2, according to top bookmakers Boylesports.

Hot on Erin's heels is former Cork Camogie captain Anna Geary at odds of 7/2.

Speaking to the Herald yesterday, the RTE star said: "Right now all I want to do is focus on my rehearsals and training.

"I'm taking on board the judges' comments and I'm committed to doing the best dance I possibly can do this Sunday."

The GAA man also revealed that he is loving the experience, saying: "I'm enjoying every moment of this challenge and can't wait to get back on the dance floor this week."

The teetotal presenter went into Copper Face Jack's with fellow contestants to unwind on Sunday night after the tense first live elimination.

Meanwhile, Marty revealed he has dropped nearly a stone in weight since he first started working on the hit Sunday night show - and plans to lose more.

"I'm loving it," he said. "I've lost a bit of weight and I'd like to lose more.

"I'm about two stone overweight, which I intend to lose. When you're surrounded by all these beautiful people and they eat salads, you buy into it.

"I am out of the car much more while I'm on the show.

"I do a lot of driving and eat bars of chocolate and drink cans of Coke in the car, so this is good for me - part of the reason I said I'd do it."

He also told the RTE Guide how nothing compared to the anxiety he experiences on the flagship programme.

He said it was completely out of his normal remit and an entirely new challenge for him.

"I have never experienced nerves like it - and I have done All-Ireland finals, the Olympics live and the ploughing live at Bloom," he said.

"This is so far out of my comfort zone.

"If a video clip doesn't run at the ploughing, Aine Lawlor or me will cover for it.

"If something goes wrong during a broadcast of an All-Ireland final, I would like to think I have enough experience to get by and cover for it.

"But make a mess of DWTS and where do I go?"

The Clare native said the show had been an emotional experience for him and he had been bowled over by the public's reaction to his appearances.

He insists, though, that he doesn't believe he stands any chance of claiming victory in the competition.

"I won't. There are far better dancers than me," he said.

"I will try my best to improve. My attitude is that I will stay in for as long as I possibly can."

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