Sunday 17 December 2017

Teresa's stormy end to 'Dancing with the Stars'

Teresa Mannion is consoled after being voted off the show in last night’s ‘danceoff’. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Teresa Mannion is consoled after being voted off the show in last night’s ‘danceoff’. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTÉ's Teresa Mannion weathered seven weeks on 'Dancing with the Stars' but her journey finally ended last night.

The Western reporter, who scored 16 points, became the fifth celebrity to exit the show after losing out to actress Denise McCormack in a tense dance-off.

the elimination process - which saw the trio of judges choosing Denise to go through to next week's show after she and Teresa ended up in the bottom two - was used on the programme for the first time.

Viewers were naturally shocked to see 'Red Rock' star Denise there, given she scored 27 points for her complicated Salsa to Marc Anthony's 'Vivir Mi Vida'.

But after another stunning performance, the pretty-in-pink actress was chosen over Teresa and her Paso Doble after a majority vote from judges.

Speaking afterwards, the RTÉ reporter said that it was "a funny mix of feelings".

Des Cahill with dance partner Karen Byrne on last night’s Dancing with the Stars show. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Des Cahill with dance partner Karen Byrne on last night’s Dancing with the Stars show. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

"I honestly can't believe I got to week eight. I truly was a complete newbie. There were different levels of experience and ability on this show.

"But week by week, I improved a little bit. Tonight, I felt both of us enjoyed that routine," she said.

Opening last night's show was Hometown's Dayl Cronin, who performed a contemporary ballroom routine.

Read more: Teresa Mannion voted off Dancing With the Stars after dance-off with Denise

The singer ditched his shoes to perform barefoot to the tune of The Script's 'Hall of Fame' as he was reunited with partner Ksenia Zsikhotska.

He topped the leaderboard for the second week in a row with a score of 28.

But once again it was 'dancing Dessie' who stole the show by dancing a Viennese Waltz to the Dubliners' 'Marino Waltz'.

He also showed off his Irish dancing skills by doing a jig at the end.

Humbling

An emotional Des Cahill revealed how bowled over he was by Dubliners legend John Sheahan's surprise visit to the rehearsal studio.

"To me, he's a legend and a gentleman as well. It was a very humbling thing. He's such a lovely man," he said.

He said his visit had a "massive impact" on him.

Judge Brian Redmond told him afterwards how Michael Flatley may have found his new leading man and it took him back to a "simpler time" in life.

The RTÉ sports broadcaster got 19 points for his efforts.

Comedian Katherine Lynch did a Charleston to the tune of Liza Minelli's 'Cabaret' and said afterwards how she "adored it".

She said she had been particularly worried about Kai Widdrington lifting her up, despite her losing three stone in weight.

She was commended for her "high-energy performance" by judge Lorraine Barry, scoring an overall mark of 23 points.

Kerry GAA star Aidan O'Mahony proved he was still in the game after dancing an elegant waltz to 'Fly Me To The Moon' with partner Valeria Milova.

After receiving some negative comments last week, he got a much better reaction from the tough trio of judges, who scored him 22 points.

Darren Bennett told him: "A true sportsman always takes the hit and comes back fighting and that's what you've done tonight."

Finishing off the show was hot favourite Aoibhín Garrihy, who danced a Paso Doble to the Florence and the Machine hit 'Spectrum', scoring 26 points.

Asked about the decision to introduce the 'dance off' segment, ShinAwil producer Larry Bass said: "It's all about content and keeping the show fresh and adding more drama. It's about not letting the show be the same every week and is upping the ante each week."

Irish Independent

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