Saturday 23 February 2019

Always be proud of who you are, urges emotional Darren as he leaves DWTS

Best foot forward: Darren Kennedy and Karen Byrne dancing during the fifth live show. Photo: Kobpix
Best foot forward: Darren Kennedy and Karen Byrne dancing during the fifth live show. Photo: Kobpix
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

Stylist Darren Kennedy relived painful childhood memories on 'Dancing With the Stars', but failed to evoke an emotional reaction from the TV audience as he was voted off the show.

The RTÉ presenter and stylist danced a salsa with partner Karen Byrne to 'Maria' by Ricky Martin.

Reliving hard memories from 1996, when Darren was just 15, he told how Martin's music helped him during a time when he was "struggling".

"In 1996, I was 15 and struggling. I didn't fit in and felt isolated," Darren said.

In tears, the presenter added that it was "the year Ricky Martin burst on to the scene and opened my world".

The broadcaster dedicated his dance to "Anyone struggling", adding: "Tomorrow is a new day, be proud of who you are."

The couple scored 18 but failed to win the support of the audience at home.

Darren said: "I've had an amazing journey. I've done something I never thought I'd do but tomorrow it's back to Kennedy and Co, selling grooming products.

"It's been so much fun, it's a great group of people - it's a competition, it was never perfect but I think to learn a skill, it was a full-time job and it was amazing."

Actress Demi Isaac Oviawe and pro dance partner Kai Widdrington gave the most emotional performance of the show, yet failed to hit the top of the leader board despite the 18-year-old actress dancing in memory to her father.

She said that "2016 is the year my dad passed away, he died from complications of a brain tumour he had.

"He was our rock, there are no words to describe how great my dad was." Despite the heartfelt performance and Demi breaking down as she completed the rumba, the pair only scored 16 points.

Judge Loraine Barry said: "Your father lives on in you, you've created another memory that will be on film forever." Judge Brian Redmond told the student that she was "brave" for telling the nation about her dad.

RTÉ presenter Mairéad Ronan dedicated her dance, a contemporary ballroom to Take That's 'Rule The World', to her son Dara. Mairéad and her pro dance partner, John Nolan, danced in memory of Dara's birth in 2007 and the proud mother told how it was her "most memorable year, the year I became a mum".

Irish Independent

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