Sunday 22 April 2018

Why Aidan and his incredible abs nabbed the ‘DWTS’ Glitterball trophy

Dancing With the Stars final took place tonight
Dancing With the Stars final took place tonight
Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova ,during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Denise McCormack & Ryan McShane: ,during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Aoibhín Garrihy & Vitali Kozmin: ,during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars 9Picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Aoibhín Garrihy & Vitali Kozmin: ,during show Ten live show of RTE’s Dancing with the stars. kobpix/NO FEE PIX
Denise McCormack & Ryan McShane during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars
Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova ,during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova ,during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Aoibhín Garrihy & Vitali Kozmin: ,during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Denise McCormack & Ryan McShane during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Amanda Byram during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.
Judge Julian Benson : ,during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Judge Loraine Barry during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars. (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Judge Brian Redmond during the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars. (picture: Kyran O'Brien)
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

And so after 12 weeks of spins, fake tan race debacles and high kicks – it’s all over for Dancing with The Stars.

No more Julian Benson and his trophy jackets. No more Amanda Byram and her scripted jokes. And no more Dancing Dessie shuffling along the floor on his arse. 

Tonight we were treated to one last hurrah with the grand finale – which came down to the public vote.

Which meant, as Strictly Come Dancing obsessive Marian Keyes predicted in Week One, that Aidan won.

Aidan O’Mahony with his wife Denide Healy after he won Dancing with the Stars .
Aidan O’Mahony with his wife Denide Healy after he won Dancing with the Stars .
Aidan O’Mahony with his wife Denide Healy after he won Dancing with the Stars .
Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova , celebrate winning the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.
Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova , celebrate winning the Final of RTE’s Dancing with the stars.

He scooped the Glitterball trophy because O’Mahony meets all the desired criteria for the drawn-out dance-athon.

First of all he is a GAA player and a garda — a fine upstanding member of the community who defends us, plays for us and dances for us.

He is from Kerry — and therefore gets the parochial vote.

Des Bishop has given out yards about this but only someone who has never watched a single Irish reality TV show thinks talent is enough to get through. It all comes back to the parish.

Dubliners are not winners because Dubliners are not committed entertainment TV voters. We just don’t take it as seriously as our country cousins.

Aidan has also just become an adoring new dad and is devoted to his wife. Sunday night TV viewers like that commitment, it’s reassuring when staring into another bleak Monday morning.

He also looks like an Irish Adrien Brody and has incredible abs.

Finally, he danced his show stopper to Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler while wearing a satin cape.

And that is a winning formula when it comes to Irish shiny floor entertainment TV.

Now we are faced with a 10-month wait until  next year’s show.

It has been a hugely entertaining piece of programming, on par with its British model.

But for the show’s producer Larry Bass, it’s much more than that, DWTS is a cultural unifier.

“We have had celebrity shows in Ireland before,” he said. “But nothing that has impacted or touched a nation as big as this one.”

Hmmmm — wonder what else we can copy from the Brits?

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