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Des Cahill does the dancefloor swim with dancer Karen Byrne from Ballyfermot in Dublin. Photo: kobpix

Des Cahill does the dancefloor swim with dancer Karen Byrne from Ballyfermot in Dublin. Photo: kobpix

Des Cahill does the dancefloor swim with dancer Karen Byrne from Ballyfermot in Dublin. Photo: kobpix

He remains an outside bet at 25/1, but 'Swimming' Dessie has waltzed his way into the nation's affections on 'Dancing with the Stars'.

Last Sunday's celeb-filled reality show proved to be box-office viewing for many, with its movie-themed night providing no shortage of action.

The nation was also introduced to 'The Dessie Swim' on the fourth episode of the show, which saw RTÉ sports broadcaster Des Cahill performing an impressive double caterpillar with Karen Byrne. His odds have been slashed from 50/1 to 25/1.

He was trending on Twitter at one point, as viewers lapped up his hilarious Austin Powers-inspired salsa, which saw Byrne doing a backward straddle while mimicking the breast stoke as he shuffled along the floor. The show pulled in an average audience of 611,000 viewers.

Cahill admitted that he was a little nervous about possible complaints from easily offended viewers when trying to pull off his novelty performance.

"It crossed my mind alright. I was conscious of the raunchy bit alright but I think people have established the relationship we have, me and Karen," he said.

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Thalia Heffernan has gone public on her new romance with professional dancer Ryan McShane

Thalia Heffernan has gone public on her new romance with professional dancer Ryan McShane

Thalia Heffernan has gone public on her new romance with professional dancer Ryan McShane

Bookies have now installed actress Denise McCormack and Hometown star Dayl Cronin as the joint 9/4 favourites to win.

Dr Eva Orsmond and RTÉ's Teresa Mannion have been given the worst odds of 80/1 and one of them is expected to go this Sunday.

Meanwhile, Thalia Heffernan has gone public on her new romance with professional dancer Ryan McShane as she described her time on the show as "a magical experience".

Armagh native McShane (32) posted the first picture of the pair of them on Sunday night as he rallied to her support after she was voted off the show.

Read more: 'It will come out somewhere if it is happening' - Thalia Heffernan responds to DWTS romance rumours

Alongside a black-and-white photo of him with the top model (21), he wrote: "My winner" and added a love heart emoji while tagging her in the post.

Speaking about her time on the show, she said it was one of the best experiences of her life and said she hoped that McShane and partner Denise McCormack would win outright.

But she was keeping her cards close to her chest when asked about her burgeoning romance.

"There are enough cameras around so if it happens, you'll see it," she said.

A backstage source said that McShane had been a huge comfort to her on Sunday night after she was the shock elimination from the show.

Elsewhere, her artist ex-boyfriend Maser described as "unfair" suggestions that he's a 'Modeliser', given his penchant for dating some of Ireland's most beautiful women.

"Yeah it is unfair," he said.

He previously went out with Vogue Williams for several years before going out with Heffernan and is now seeing Daniella Moyles, who he described as "great". Asked if he had watched Heffernan's performance, he said: "I'm not going to comment on that stuff."

He was speaking at the launch of Guaranteed Irish 'Hero Awards', as he got the first of six accolades for his acclaimed work.

Irish Independent