Actress and comedian Deidre O'Kane had the judges on Dancing With the Stars eating out of her hand this evening.
The 49-year-old Drogheda native and mother-of-two wowed the judges when she and professional dance partner John Nolan performed a jaunty quickstep to the song ‘Peppy and George’ from the silent film era blockbuster ‘The Artist’.
The set - which went from monochrome to a warm salmon-hued Art Deco-inspired backdrop - looked equally as stunning as the pair brought some old Hollywood glamour to the show, according to judge Julian Benson.
“Fred and Ginger, eat your heart out,” he said in reference to Hollywood dance legends Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
The dance, which netted the pair an impressive 25 points, also drew praise from judge Brian Redmond, who gave Deirdre a special mention at the end of the show.
“Deidre performed very well, “ he said.
But she reserved the praise for her partner. “I’m so happy. This is all John, I can only give him praise.”
Former Cork camogie star Anna Geary and partner Kai Widdrington also scored an impressive 27 points from the judges with their contemporary ballroom take on the hit Disney movie ‘Frozen.’
And judging by the response of judge Brian Redmond, the 30-year-old coach on ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ may have already fulfilled her goal of being a positive role model to girls and women girls across Ireland.
“The way you combined power and beauty should make you the role model for every woman in the country,” he said of her performance as ‘Frozen’ heroine Queen Elsa.
Meanwhile, former rugby star Tomás O’Leary and dance partner Giula Dotta were sent packing tonight.
The former Ireland International, (34), performed a dramatic paso doble to Led Zeppelin’s 'Immigrants song' from the Marvel comics-inspired movie Thor:Ragnarok.
But despite the sheer physicality of the dance alongside Guilia, a professional dancer, Tomás’ superhero moves failed to impress the judges and the viewers in last night’s movie-themed episode.
“It was okay but maybe not quire marvellous,” judge Brian Redmond said.
The couple scored a total of 16 points from the judges, but not enough to prevent them from being the second elimination of the hit celebrity dance show on RTE One.
“I really enjoyed it. It was totally different to what I was used to,” Tomás said afterwards.
“It was amazing craic,” he said.
But he admitted that it wasn’t going to be easy watching his competitors continue to strut their stuff in the coming weeks.
“It’s going to be tough watching the TV,” he said.
When asked which was his favourite dance, he added: “I loved all of it.”