AFTER A FANTASTIC LAST SHOW WITH OUR FINAL FOUR CELEBRITY DANCERS, LOTTIE RYAN AND HER DANCE PARTENER PASQUALE LA ROCCA HAS WON SERIES FOUR OF DANCING WITH THE STARS
After 11 fun filled weeks, with highs and lows, the four finalists took to the dance floor for the final time tonight. After careful consideration and due to the current situation and adhering to recommended guidance around coronavirus Covid-19 - Dancing with the Stars hosted the final tonight instead of the scheduled semi-final. And what a show it was!
Aidan Fogarty, Lottie Ryan, Ryan Andrews and Gráinne Gallanagh all competed tonight in the hope of being crowned champions of Dancing with the Stars.
After wowing the judges and viewers alike throughout the series, it was all down to the public vote tonight and it was Lottie Ryan and Pasquale La Rocca’s dances that were most popular with audiences at home when they were crowned champions of series four of Dancing with the Stars.
Speaking about winning the hotly contested Glitterball trophy, Lottie Ryan said: “I actually have no words. This journey has been the best thing I have ever said yes to. This man has just been life changing, the things he has taught me, how he has pushed me, and I just can’t thank you enough for everything you have done.”
Pasqulae said: “I have gained a friend for life and everything you have taught me as well will always stay forever in my heart.”
Each couple had to learn two new dances this week and another pro dancer was introduced to each couple’s second performance. This extra layer of complexity meant there was no easy route to the end.
First to take to the dance floor tonight was former Kilkenny hurler Aidan Fogarty with his dance partner Emily Barker. Their first performance tonight was a slow Viennese Waltz to ‘Another Life’ by Westlife. Afterwards Aidan said: “It felt amazing to dance with but a little bit surreal without an audience. I never imagined to be here on the final night.”
Head judge Loraine commented: “This was just pure beautiful Viennese Waltz. Overall what a fantastic start for the final tonight.”
Darren said: “Tonight’s not just the hardest show, this is the hardest show of the whole season. Coming out with no audience. They say Dance like nobody’s watching, you’ve really set the standard for tonight’s final – well done.”
Brian said: “It was classical Viennese waltz content from start to finish, you have that power of movement and you’ve had that since day one. This is now the final and I think you almost try harder on a final but what you’ve had up to now is a winning combination and you never change a winning combination.”
Aidan scored 26 from the judges.
Next up was Fair City actor Ryan Andrews. He and Giulia Dotta danced a colourful samba for their first routine tonight. They danced to ‘Lo-Lo Dzama’ by Šum svistu. After they finished Ryan said: “It was brilliant – great un, intense but with samba like that you have to give it 110%. We worked twelve hours a day to get this right.”
Darren: “You pulsated, gyrated and rotated all the way through that dance. You couldn’t have got a more authentic samba even if you tried. The bounce action and the movements, amazing changes of the rhythm and coordination. Absolutely outstanding.”
Brian: “This samba went right back to it’s African roots. You really brought that brilliant rhythmical feel to it. I think as samba it takes a great dancer to show us those small little musical nuances and that’s something that’s testament to you because you are a great dancer.”
Loraine: “I thought it was fantastic. I don’t know how you pulled this off in one week. The eye of the tiger was there, and you are hungry for this and you really pulled this off.”
Ryan scored 29 from the judges.
It was a quickstep for radio presenter Lottie Ryan and her pro partner Pasquale La Rocca. They danced to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s duet ‘Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing.’) Commenting afterwards Lottie said “I’m so happy with the comments as we worked so hard on the detail of that dance. It was a really, really tough dance. Strangely I think it was one of my favourites now. I really enjoyed performing it and I think the chorography was just magic. I loved every second of it – it was just brilliant.”
Brian said: “We talked a lot about your power, we’ve talked a lot about your skill, we’ve even talked a lot about the entertainment value that you bring but tonight I’m going to talk about your attention to detail, your attention to detail is just absolutely phenomenal. They say the devil is often in the detail, but you looked like an absolute angel”
Loraine said: “You didn’t miss a beat there. I thought Lottie you put Pasquale in the perfect position. The storyline is so good, you didn’t just play it out – you danced it out. That’s a powerful performance.”
Darren said: “We all like a woman in control and tonight you controlled this whole dancefloor. Everything you want in a quickstep in a final. It was fast, furious and fun. And you had such composure under pressure tonight. You managed to keep that composure all around the floor. Brilliant job guys, well done.”
Lottie scored 30 from the judges.
Former Miss Universe Ireland Gráinne Gallanagh and Kai Widdrington danced a foxtrot to Harry Styles’ track ‘Falling.’ Gráinne said: “I love this dance. It’ s harder than it looks, it’s very technical. I love ballroom. It took a lot of effort, we worked really hard.”
Loraine: “I think the ballroom girl is back and you looked like you really enjoyed it. You said it is difficult, but you made it look so easy. There’s no one here and yet I couldn’t hear the footwork on that dancefloor. This is the way to put your mark on the final tonight.”
Darren: “We’ve all fallen for you this season. Your love affair with dance continues. It was so beautiful to watch, you just glided around the floor so effortlessly. It had all the steps. The whole technique book was there. Great framing, swing across the floor. Beautiful, well done.”
Brian: “Kai choreographed the foxtrot he wanted and that was a testament to you. He trusts your ability. We’ve seen you become a fabulous ballroom bell and that’s what you’ve become tonight. You really did give a great example of what is my favourite dance – the slow foxtrot.”
Gráinne scored 27 from the judges.
Nicky opened the voting lines after each dancer had done their first individual dance.
After another break it was time for each couple’s second dance in this final – their last chance to impress viewers. This time it was a trio dance as another pro dancer joined each couple’s routine.
Aidan Fogarty and Emily Barker were joined by Laura Nolan for their last dance. Their up-tempo salsa was to ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’ by Pitbull. Commenting afterwards Aidan said: “I’m feeling pretty good, I am feeling that I’m living my best life. I’m hoping I’ve done enough. When I started out, all I wanted to do was do myself justice and just be me and come across who I am. I thank God I’m in the final, it’s not for the glory it’s for all the hard work myself and Emily did over the last number of weeks. It’s been an emotional roller-coaster and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Darren said: “That salsa is exactly what we want to see from a trio dance tonight. Great movement between you, great interplay between you too. It’s so difficult to lead one partner, never mind two. All I’ll say is that you’ve had a more enjoyable week than most!”
Brian said: “I can confirm that blondes do have more fun and you looked like you were having twice as much fun tonight! Your partnership has become renowned for its power, its energy, its bravery. What you’ve guys have done is really well trio. You really look like you’ve been a partnership of a trio for weeks because it worked very, very well. You looked like you’ve had the night of your dreams and fair play to you!”
Loraine said: “You look like the cat who got the cream. You definitely did. I thought it was absolutely brilliant here. It was fun, it was sassy, it had those sexy movements in there as well – everything that we would want from a salsa. The girls trusted you. I thought it was absolutely brilliant. Well done.”
Aidan scored 27 from the judges.
Ryan Andrews and Giulia Dotta were joined by Karen Byrne for their American Smooth to ‘I Get A Kick Out of You’ by Michael Bublé. Ryan said: “That was absolutely brilliant and to perform the dance this week for the final.”
Brian: “Trio is a particularly difficult thing to do. It’s so difficult get that frame right and hold it. It was a challenge that you rose really well to. I really loved it; you did a great job. This is a final and for me that’s the type of performance that confirms beyond doubt that you really deserve your place in this final. “
Loraine: “It was fabulous how you were changing all the time. It was so beautifully done and creating gorgeous lines as well as you did it. There were some beautiful highlights in it. Be it in steps or be it in dance steps as well. This was a tremendous trio.”
Darren said: “The showman with a showstopper. Real collideiscope of chorography and musicality. This style was made for you, the steps, the power, the energy. Great partnering between the three of you. I really loved the interplay. It was absolutely outstanding; they say three is the magic number and this was a magical American smooth. Well done.”
Ryan scored 30 from the judges.
For their second dance Lottie Ryan and Pasquale La Rocca teamed up with Ryan McShane for their lively cha-cha-cha. They danced to ‘Turn Me On’ by Riton x Olive Heldens. Afterwards Lottie said: “I can’t believe it’s the end and this is the last dance.”
Loraine said: “Each week I try and find a new name for you and this week was ‘Lottie the hottie’. How you do this I’m not really sure. You did have the right chemistry here and you have that perfect formula together. The trio is not always here, you each had a spotlight, you all had a moment and you all danced a really good cha cha cha. For me here, it was cheeky and clever – well done. “
Darren: You turned it up and you turned it on. You know again a great cha cha cha. You really did bring this dancefloor to light. Great cheography.it was really, really seamless. I loved it. For me, by far the best cha cha cha of this season, well done.”
Brian: “I couldn’t take my eyes of you from start to finish. This is a final and this is the last dance you’ll do. On those circumstances you have to bring it your all. I have so, so much respect for you because you give it your all every single week and tonight was absolutely no exception.”
Lottie scored 30 from the judges.
Pro dancer Stephen Vincent joined Gráinne Gallanagh and Kai Widdrington for a Charleston to ‘Dance Apocalyptic’ by Janelle Monáe. After they finished Gráinne said: “It was so much fun, I really enjoyed it. It’s so surreal to think that was my last dance but I we went out with a bang – I’m so happy.”
Darren said: “What a great way to have the last dance. That trio had everything. It was very, very clever intricate chorography, the framed you really, really well, great personality. Wow – great Charleston.”
Loraine said: “They normally say, three is a crowd but for me this was a triumph. It was just a fantastic Charleston all round. It was a tremendous collaboration. What a fantastic ending.”
Brian said: “Great content, very cleverly put together. This is the happiest I’ve seen you look in any of the non-ballroom dances. It worked really well, and the Charleston was great. For me, if we could pick a number to finish on – this would be it. “
Gráinne scored 30 from the judges.
After another break, Nicky Byrne closed the voting lines. Nathan Carter and his band were the guest performers tonight. He sang ‘May the Road Rise’ and was joined by pro dancers Ryan McShane and Karen Byrne; Stephen Vincent and Laura Nolan and John Nolan and Kerri Ann Donaldson.
Nicky had a chat with the judges to see who they think shone on the dance floor tonight and who for them should walk away with the glitter-ball trophy. Then it was results time!
Lottie Ryan and Pasquale La Rocca took to the centre of the dance floor and were joined by their fellow finalists and the pro dancers as series four ended on a high!
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After careful consideration and due to the current situation and adhering to recommended guidance around coronavirus Covid19 - Dancing with the Stars will host the final tonight instead of the scheduled semi-final.
Grainne Gallanagh, Ryan Andrews, Lottie Ryan and Aidan Fogarty will all compete in the Dancing with the Stars final in the hopes to receive the 2020 glitter-ball trophy.
As with the scheduled final, tonight's winner will be chosen by public vote.
Tune into Dancing with the Stars final at 6:30pm on RTÉ One
Fr. Ray Kelly has left Dancing with the Stars tonight, after reaching the quarter final of the series. He and his dance partner Kylee Vincent found themselves in the bottom two tonight and after a dance off were chosen by the judges to leave the competition. An emotional Fr. Ray said: “I'm really emotional. It was marvelous. It was one of the best journeys of my life. It's been one of those journeys that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Kylee is an absolute saint, an amazing lady. She brought me a long way in dancing and I hope we remain friends."
After Fr. Ray danced earlier in the show, Brian Redmond joked “Mrs Doyle was telling you to go on, go on, go on and I wish you would have went ages ago! Loraine said he tried every week and 'God loves a trier' while Darren felt he 'entertained the nation week after week.' Fr Ray scored 15 points tonight from the judges for his individual dance.
Our show for the quarter final was all about television themes and of course the celebrity dancers had the added challenge of the dance marathon tonight. The show opened in spectacular fashion as the pro dancers danced the foxtrot to a slower version of ‘I’ll Be There For You’, the iconic theme tune from Friends. Naturally, a couch reminiscent of ‘Central Perk’ formed part of the routine.
Model Gráinne Gallanagh and her pro partner Kai Widdrington were ready to bounce back from last week’s dance off as they danced a samba this week. She began by spinning around to reveal herself as Wonder Woman as they began dancing to the theme of the show. After their performance Gráinne said: “Amazing that I’m wonder woman on International Women’s day. I was terrified, my hands are still shaking this week I struggled and I’m glad it’s done. My confidence was knocked a bit.”
Brian said: “If I’m totally truthful about it, your Samba lacked bounce, hope you conserved energy for the marathon dance later, I think you need that bonus points.”
Loraine said: “This is the way to open the show on International Women’s day! You definitely got into character there and you didn’t leave anything out. For me, it was little bit missing in timing. But still a great start.”
Darren said: “The content of the routine was full samba, but I had a feeling you didn’t really enjoy it, you needed to channel your inner Beyonce. Take that Rhythm and fake it until you make it. You’re always a wonder to watch but it was missing a little bit of comic fun.”
Gráinne scored 22 from the judges.
Singer Fr. Ray Kelly and Kylee Vincent became Fr. Ted and Mrs Doyle as they danced the American Smooth this week. They danced to ‘Songs of Love’ from Father Ted. Kylee even had her own tea trolley. Fr. Ray’s own housekeeper Mrs. Coyle was supporting Ray in the audience for this week. Fr. Ray commented: “I’m having great fun and really enjoying it. Mrs Coyle (his housekeeper) is here tonight! My lovely horse is a great song. I never thought I would make it to the quarter final – it’s amazing.”
Brian said: “Mrs Doyle was telling you to Go on, Go on, Go on and I wish you would have went ages ago! I think this suited you a lot more, this is a much better performance than we have previously seen. The relationship between you two in blossoming and Kylee embraces your natural talent.”
Loraine said: “I think Kylee has accepted that things are going to go wrong. Kylee works to your strengths and creates camouflage. For me here you try every week and God loves a trier!”
Darren said: “Fr Ray, every week you have come out and entertained the nation – tales of the unexpected. Who would have thought 10 weeks ago we would have a priest dancing to Fr Ted on national TV? It wasn’t half bad American Smooth when it could have been an American nightmare!”
Fr. Ray scored 15 from the judges.
This week Fair City actor Ryan Andrews and Giulia Dotta danced a fun Charleston to The Muppets theme. Speaking afterwards Ryan said: “I’m a big fan of the Muppets and Giulia did an incredible job. It was a really hard dance and we put everything into it and it really paid off. It was made all the worthwhile to get those comments.”
Brian said: “I would pay to watch that – all day long. For me that Charleston was beyond critic – it was perfect.”
Loraine said: “It went beyond the next level and it went beyond anything I’ve ever seen on Dancing with the Stars. I’m going to pay homage to the king and queen of Charleston!”
Darren said: “It was all about the detail, there wasn’t a beat not choreographed, not a step out of place. Giulia was the puppet master of that dance. You would have to be a Muppet nit to like that dance!”
Ryan scored 30 from the judges.
After a break, radio presenter Lottie Ryan and Pasquale La Rocca danced the paso doble to the Mission Impossible theme. When they finished Lottie said: “Last week was very fun and flirty and this week it had to be very serious and passionate. I had to be a different character. Nobody wants to be in the dance off no matter how much you prepare yourself to be in the dance off you stomach turns upside down.”
Brian said: “Every week you bring so much energy, what you’ve shown tonight was refinement with your energy. You knew when to use it but also when to contain and control it. Very string paso, you’re getting very, very close to getting to the top.”
Loraine said: “We have another take on the Paso Doble. It was dark and shady. You were two secret agents but had each other’s backs. The daring moves were in there. The beginning you had this gorgeous movement of the arms. Overall, I felt it was a very demanding performance on the body and demanding a high score.”
Darren said: “It was a very technical paso doble. There was no self-destruct here. Delivered punch through every movement. Great characterization within a very contemporary piece of music. For me, it wasn’t Mission Impossible – it was mission accomplished.”
Lottie scored 28 from the judges.
The final celebrity dancer tonight was former Kilkenny hurler Aidan Fogarty with his dance partner Emily Barker. Their American Smooth was to the Top Cat theme, where Emily became an honorary cat, received the black and amber jersey. Afterwards Aidan said: “It was great to be a cat again representing the Kilkenny cats! I have had huge support form the Kilkenny players. Normally we’re taking lumps out of each other, but Jackie Tyrell and Michael Rice are hereto support me tonight.”
Brian said: “Beautiful frame and huge movement across the floor. When you’re in hold, you’re so sophisticated. Everything we dream of when we see ballroom. You could become one of the leaders of the pack!”
Loraine said: “For me you look so comfortable in dancing position. Your fluidity in close hold is unbelievable. Your open work was great, but I’d like a little more ballroom content. It wasn’t tip top, but cats have nine lives and I think you will live another day.”
Darren said: “Top Cat was one of my favourite shows and it was again tonight. Last week I said you were back in the game and tonight you’re back in the ballroom. The movement was beautiful and so, so easy to watch.”
Aidan scored 25 from the judges.
After the break and while the voting lines were open, it was time for the dance marathon. All five celebrity dancers and their partners danced to ‘Rock ‘Til You Drop’ to the Happy Days theme tune. The judges decided to ask Fr Ray and Kylee to leave the dance floor first, followed by Grainne and Kai, then Aidan and Emily were next to leave, leaving Lottie and Pasquale and Ryan and Giulia to fight it out. The judges decided the final dancers they wanted to see and win the marathon dance was Lottie and Pasquale.
Darren said: “This was the most hotly contested marathon we have ever seen. There was nothing between any of them – except for maybe Fr Ray! You all gave everything to that performance.”
Brian said: “It was very close, especially between the last two. We were just trying to pick between them.”
Lottie said: “It’s tough. Everybody did such a great job, especially after the individual dances, everyone had so much adrenaline.”
Nicky had a chat with the celebrities to see how they were all feeling after their latest challenge before giving everyone a 3-minute break! After that, the voting lines were closed. We were delighted to have a guest act for the evening. We were joined in studio by the singers and dancers from the musical On Your Feet where they performed to a medley of Gloria Estefan’s music from the show.
After a chat with the judges, it was time for the results. Lottie and Pasquale and Fr. Ray and Kylee Vincent were left as the two dancers to battle it out for their place in the semi-final. After the dance off, the judges decided Lottie Ryan and Pasquale Larocca should go through to the semi-final, so it was time to say goodbye to Fr. Ray Kelly and his dance partner Kylee Vincent.
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The Dancing with the Stars journey ended tonight for Mary Kennedy and her dance partner and last year’s winner, John Nolan as the judges decided the send them home after the dance off. As they ended their run in the competition. Mary performed a lively cha-cha-cha this week to ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ by Candi Station. Darren felt it was a real challenge for Mary this week while Brian felt the dance was forced at times. Mary had scored 18 points from the judges.
After her elimination, Mary said: “It was a wonderful opportunity, I’ve learnt so much. I’ve been out of of my comfort zone. It was a great challenge. I really do hope that people of my age watching it would say ‘yeah I could do that or I’ll try something different or something new'.”
This week not only did our celebrity dancers have to learn their brand-new solo routine, but it was also Team Dance week, whereby three couples made two teams and competed against each other after their performances with their pro partners.
Fair City actor Ryan Andrews opened tonight’s show. Fresh from scoring 30 points from the judges last weekend, he and Giulia Dotta danced a quickstep to ‘What a Man Gotta Do’ by the Jonas Brothers.
Speaking afterwards Ryan said: “I felt a lot of expectations off all people but as well as myself. I just have to keep doing the best I can week after week. I go home after the show and watch it with my mam and dad with a cup of tea!”
Brian: “It was a real rollercoaster for me – lots of highs and some lows. It was a bit like a car with a dodgy suspension, you felt every bump. But overall, I thought that it was a very nice quickstep.”
Darren: “I really enjoyed it -there was a calmness to it. You let all your body and feet do all the talking tonight. Foot perfect all the way through. Great synchronisation. Three weeks to the final. Keep that standard up – well done.”
Loraine: “What a man’s got to do is week after week and perform like that. You really produced an open natural, really well produced powerful movement. What a fantastic start to this week’s show.”
Ryan scored 27 from the judges.
Next to take to the dance floor this week were TV presenter Mary Kennedy and her dance partner John Nolan. It was a lively cha-cha-cha for them this week to ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ by Candi Station. After they finished,
Brian said: “That made me feel young at heart at times. It was maybe a little bit forced. The atmosphere was great the whole way through. That was the first time I’ve seen you look that relaxed in a Latin dance.”
Loraine said: “I loved to see a cha-cha-cha where you see the feet close. There’s great partner skills This week’s homework is to move that upper body and get those joints working.”
Darren said: “We really, really deep into the second half and John definitely challenged you. Now we just need to up that power level. Very nice cha-cha-cha.”
Mary said: “I did enjoy it. The cha-cha-cha is hard – we worked really rally hard, it took until about Thursday to get it right. I really enjoyed the challenge and the dance.”
Mary scored 18 from the judges.
Model Gráinne Gallanagh has been on a high all week after scoring the first 30 of the series last weekend. This week she and Kai Widdrington danced a paso doble to ‘I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) by Meatloaf.
Brian said: “It was a quite an usual take on a paso – it didn’t have that fiery attached we would usually see – I loved it, I really enjoyed it. A softer approach. Up to now, you have been a really good ballroom girl. If you keep improving in the Latin, you could be a contender.”
Loraine said: “Tonight is a first for me. I really, really enjoyed it. I sensed the passion, the force, the love, the strong, the soft. You are consistent. You are definitely surprising me week in week out.”
Darren said: “This was a journey into darkness. I really, really loved it. It was absolutely spot on. Could have done with a little bit more drama. What could have been a gothic nightmare was absolutely a judge’s dream.”
Commenting afterwards Gráinne said: “We did a little bit of boxing during the week, I got to punch Kai on the face!! Lat week was brilliant, I would like to keep up the standard week on week.”
Gráinne scored 25 from the judges.
Singer Fr. Ray Kelly and Kylee Vincent danced a quickstep to ‘I’m a Believer’ by the Monkees tonight. Following the performance Fr Ray said: “Yeah I was happy; I knew I lost it but I just said I have to get it back on track.”
Loraine said: “I love the quickstep – I was waiting and waiting. I didn’t get the quick step. I Let’s be honest it wasn’t your fastest week. I know you try your best but maybe it was too quick for you.”
Darren: “There was more content this week. You met all shapes and all the lines, we just need to have to concentrate on the steps. I think you’ve turned us all into believers.”
Brian said: “It started off with so much promise. Everyone makes mistakes, the corner section slightly affected you which was a real shame – I don’t think the quick step quite suited you.
Fr. Ray scored 13 from the judges.
After another break, it was time for former Kilkenny hurler Aidan Fogarty to dance with Emily Barker. It was a rumba for them this week which they performed to U2’s ‘One. After they finished Aidan said: “The hardest dance, it’s intense, emotional, soft, exposed – everything I am not. No man should be exposed to a dance like that. We got there!”
Darren said: “Like a true sportsman – you’ve come back fighting. You’ve taken our comments on board. It was so sensitive and romantic between you. I really enjoyed it, you’re back in the game, a great Rumba.”
Brian said: “I don’t think this was your greatest dance to date – I do think it was your greatest achievement to date. A little bit more help on the footwork. You are to be really well commended on what was a really solid rumba.”
Loraine: “I love class and that was a really classy Rumba. It’s far from easy overall, I thought you did very well. I think it was a good dance for you tonight – not quite as fluid enough but a good dance.”
Aidan scored 23 from the judges.
The final couple to dance tonight were radio presenter Lottie Ryan and her pro partner Pasquale La Rocca. Their high energy samba was to ‘Tip Toe’ by Jason Derulo feat. French Montana. Lottie said: “It was most difficult dance in the competition, but it was so much fun. We really through the kitchen sink at that. We put so much content in it. You have to enjoy every single day. Last week was a shock but on Monday we said new week new start.”
Brian said: “There was one section where the legs were little bit bent but besides that, it was phenomenal. Loved the energy – just watch the knees.”
Loraine said: “The Samba is the hardest to do, this was just unbelievable as you made it look easy. I actually thought this was an incredible dance tonight well done.”
Darren said: “After last week, being in the bottom two, you could have played it safe but you through everything at that. For me, that was almost like competition level. You live every single dance. Well done. “
Lottie scored 29 from the judges.
After another break it was time for the team dances and another chance for more scores from the judges. Gráinne and Kai, Mary and John and Ryan and Giulia made up the Rhythm Rebels. They danced a mix of tango and cha cha to ‘Physical’ by Dua Lipa. Following their dance team captain, Mary Kennedy said: “It was lovely to be part of a team. I liked the fact that everyone worked so well together.”
Loraine said: “Props and graphics were really great and you all really did work as a team. Not easy stuff I really, really, really enjoyed it. Well done.”
Darren: “Working together as a group, loved the concept, the design, the synchronisation– all spot on together. Just shows you how far you’ve come individually and as a team too.”
Brian said: “I think controlling that energy is very important – this is not about individually, this is about team work and you worked very well as a team.”
Team Rhythm Rebels scored 24
The second team were the Swing Breakers and it was Aidan and Emily, Lottie and Pasquale and Fr. Ray and Kylee. They did a Charleston to ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ by Wolfgang Lohr. Team captain, Fr Ray Kelly said: “I am just amazed, they worked hard – I mean we worked hard!” Lottieadded: “Fr Ray was a great team captain and I was never nervous when he was lifting me.”
Brian said “It showed everybody playing to their strengths. Really well choreographed, we saw the man of the hour in Fr Ray’s dance.”
Loraine said “It’s such a vibrant number. You were all stars in that number.”
Darren: “That was a real team performance, there was so much content and energy. You used every single highlight in that song. You played to your strengths. Amazing well done, great job.”
Team Swing Breakers scored 29
The Pro dance this week was a beautiful classic ballroom to ‘In the Air Tonight’ by Joseph William Morgan feat. Shadow Royale.
After Nicky’s chat with the judges, it was time for the results! Grainne Gallanagh and Mary Kennedy found themselves in the bottom two this week. The first celebrity to fight for their place in the competition in the dance off was Mary Kennedy and her partner John Nolan followed then by Grainne Gallanagh with her partner Kai Widdrington. Afterwards the judges chose to save Grainne Kai and send them through to next week, meaning we said goodbye to Mary and John tonight.
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Brian Dowling was the fourth celebrity dancer to be eliminated in tonight's Dancing with the Stars. Brian lost out in the first dance off of the series. Judge Brian Redmond said Brian's performance left him feeling 'unsatisfied' and felt it was 'lacking in attack'. Julian Benson said he 'just needed a little extra something' and Loraine Barry said while it was "good dancing, it lacked impact." Speaking afterwards Brian Dowling said: "It is what it is, I said my dancing was only going to get me so far. It's been amazing. I felt the nerves, I have done it better before. It was probably the most vulnerable time of my life, like the last two years, I've laughed everyday when I wanted to cry. I have made friends for life. I got to dance in a same sex couple and that was one of the reasons why I signed up for this show."
Love was the theme for tonight’s Valentine’s weekend Dancing with the Stars.
The show opened with Gráinne Gallanagh representing the North West of the country as she and her dance partner Kai Widdrington danced a quickstep to ‘Paper Rings’ by Taylor Swift. Their backdrop was a sweetshop filled with love hearts. Grainne said: “You just have to go out every week and give it your best. There is the pressure of going first but I’m happy now it’s done, and I can relax. My dad is here fro the first time because the cows are calfing at home!”
Brian said: “You ceased the initiative, most of it I loved, great start to the show and probably one of the best ballroom dances this season.”
Julian said: “What a start to the show! I loved the runs, the hops, the steps across the floor. This was a real Valentine’s time, quick step. Last week may not have been your week but this week was a perfect partnership.”
Loraine said I thought it was a sweet quick step, you gave it a lot of time and was brilliantly choreographed. I think this is a solid start tonight.
Gráinne scored 25 from the judges.
Former Kilkenny hurler Aidan Fogarty and his pro partner Emily Barker danced contemporary ballroom to Lewis Capaldi’s beautiful song ‘Someone You Loved’ this week. Speaking afterwards Aidan said: “I’m happy enough.”
Brian said: “I liked the lifts. I think the contemporary section was a bit harsh, a little but more whack, whack, whack, whack! Not quite the best but I think you’re getting back to your best.”
Julian said: “You’re melting my heart tonight. It was such a romantic piece. There was a lot of content to deal with. You conveyed the emotion of the dance. You’re going from strength to strength – keep up the good work.”
Loraine said: “For me you show great adaptability. Love the foxtrot, great footwork, when in hold you show great fame. You’re so versatile in all that you do – great job!.”
Aidan scored 23 from the judges.
Television presenter Mary Kennedy got to live out a dream tonight as she and John Nolan danced a Viennese waltz to her nephew Dermot Kennedy’s track ‘What Have I Done.’ Afterwards the proud auntie said: “It was great to watch Dermot go from busking to prefect his craft.”
Brian said: “For a Viennese waltz to work well – you need positive movement. There was great positive strides and could have benefited with the shoulders. Another very consistent performance.”
Julian said: “You are definitely back in your comfort zone tonight. Great choreography and great coverage but a little bit more swing in the upper body. Mary you looked beautiful tonight and lit up the floor – take those notes and keep going.”
Loraine said: “The energy of this music was swaying energy. The lower part of your body was excellent, with your upper area, you needed to let the shoulders sway to get the fullness of the action.”
Mary scored 16 from the judges.
Fellow television presenter Brian Dowling was next on the dancefloor. He and Laura Nolan performed a glam-rock filled tango to Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry.’ Commenting after they finished Brian said: “I’m flamboyant and sexy! It’s week 7 and we are all trying our best. When I started this competition, I had zero rhythm. The fact that I’m live on TV a Tango, I’m delighted. I’m doing my best like everyone is.”
Brian said “It left me feeling unsatisfied. Lacking in attack. You did attack in the very last position, but it was a little bit too late by then. Intensity was there but it was internal – it needed more attack.”
Julian said: “You gave us a full on Prince experience. Lots of content, lost of choreography, lots of steps. I would like to have seen more attack into the routine. A good performance – I just needed that little extra something.”
Loraine said “The timing and most of the steps you got right. Posture and poise were needed. It was good dancing but lacked impact.”
Brian scored 15 from the judges.
After another break, it was time to meet actor Ryan Andrews and Giulia Dotta as they were back dancing together again this week. The acted the parts of perfect nerds as the backdrop to their salsa was a library. This week they danced to ‘Perfect Strangers’ by Jonas Blue feat. JP Cooper. Ryan said: “It was my favourite dance so far, I had so much fun and that was the main thing. The only thing that was going through my mind was ‘don’t let her fall’!”
Brian said: “Great variety there. You created a charming style of movement and you did that by changing the dance styles. This was a sweet salsa well done.”
Julian said: “That was a perfectly cool Salsa. Full of content, full of tricks. Creativity was off the charts. You looked like you were having the time of your life. Going from strength to strength. You did a great job.”
Loraine said: “There’s two types of Salsa, the Cuban Salsa and LA Salsa – you blended them both together. The helicopter lift was absolutely spot on. Overall near enough perfect, really, really great.”
Ryan scored 27 from the judges.
Next to perform were Fr. Ray Kelly and his dance partner Kylee Vincent. Their sweet jive began on a park bench as they danced to ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ by The Foundations. Fr. Ray said: “I went for it. The dancing is certainly improving and I’m enjoying it. I wouldn’t say I’m in love with Dancing but I’m enjoying it.”
Brian said: “After last week, I thought you might be a one hit wonder but you proved me wrong as that jive wasn’t too bad. It had a nice action to it. It shows how much you improved – well done.”
Julian said: “That was a very good jive. It was simple, it was basic, it was effective. It’s great to see you dancing and moving. Rome wasn’t built in a day but Rome is coming along nicely!”
Loraine said: “Success breads confidence. A lot of swing. Very well in sync with each other. I did think it was good dancing.”
Fr. Ray scored 15 from the judges.
Fresh from topping last week’s leader board, singer Sinéad O’ Carroll danced a samba with her partner Ryan McShane. They danced to ‘La Isla Bonita’. Sinead said: “There so many things in the Samba – it was really tricky. There was loads of pressure.”
Brian said “I wouldn’t say I totally loved it but given the challenge you were given tonight; I think it was a really accomplished performance for you to bring out this week. The dance was a great Samba.”
Julian said: “Hands down a great Samba, Samba is one of the hardest dances to do. The amount of content and choreography in that routine. Ryan you need to be commended for that. Great to see a different side to you, very sexy and sultry. Well executed – great to see the other side of you tonight.”
Loraine said “That is a competitive Samba. Ryan you did not hold back at all. I would have liked to see you getting on the feet a little bit more. You have worked that body for 5 days and I salute you, well done.”
Sinéad scored 24 from the judges.
Last but not least, it was radio presenter Lottie Ryan’s turn to dance. Lottie and her pro partner Pasquale La Rocca danced the Viennese waltz to a brand new track, only released on Thursday. Ronan Keating and Emilie Sandé’s stunning new duet ‘One of a Kind’ was the song they performed to this week. Lottie said: “I’m not going to lie, my wishing note just said glitterball!”
Brian said “We had to wait 7 weeks to see you take on a challenge like this. You took a little bit of the energy off when you needed to. It was well worth waiting for.”
Julian said “Lottie Ryan, you are indeed one of a kind. This was such a beautifully executed Viennese waltz. You fused magic on the floor. Tonight, it was really truly magical.”
Loraine said: “The whole presentation for me was exquisite. A red flag for me is too much in open shadow positions. Performances like that will get you to the final.”
Lottie scored 28 from the judges.
After Nicky declared the voting lines ‘open’ the pro dancers gathered on a bandstand to dance a foxtrot to ‘All You Need is Love’ by Rae Morris. Following that Nicky caught up with all the celebrity dancers to get their take on the night so far.
After the break, Nicky caught up with the judges to hear who they feel performed well tonight and who might be in danger. Then it was results time which led into one of biggest moments of the series every year – the first dance off between the two celebrity dancers with the lowest scores.
Performing for a second time this week were Brian Dowling and Sinead O'Carroll. Afterwards the judges decided to send Brian home.
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Olympic gold medalist Michael Carruth tonight became the third celebrity dancer to leave Dancing with the Stars. Michael and his partner Karen Byrne danced a tango to Gold by Spandau Ballet, scoring 13 from the judges, who had praised him for improving this week, with Julian Benson earlier telling him: "You are on the right road so keep going. We have the glimmer of a dancer in you.
Partner Karen Byrne also praised Michael for his time on the show, stating: "We went out on a high
This week on Dancing with the Stars, the celebrities danced to a song which reminded them of a memorable year in their lives, and they each recalled the personal and often poignant stories behind their choice.
Singer Sinéad O’Carroll was the first celebrity to take to the floor along with her partner, Ryan McShane. Viewers were brought back to 1998 as they danced an energetic cha-cha to Sinéad’s debut single with B*Witched, ‘C’est la Vie’. Speaking after performing to her best-known song, Sinéad said: “It was really weird because the timing of this was completely different.”
Kicking off the judges’ comments this week, Loraine said: "The interaction between you, with each other off each other...I thought was very good. I didn't get a lot of the actual shuffle action. I would like to see more depth. It wasn't enough for me."
Brian: "I quite enjoyed the content of this cha cha... I think you needed to get those leg actions a little bit straighter."
Julian "This was a cool, Celtic cha cha, the song came out in 1998 which brought me right back to my childhood. What I loved was the Celtic twist, I thought that was very clever. I agree with Loraine, I would like a little bit more attack and drive into the steps."
Next to take to the dance floor were television presenter Mary Kennedy and dance partner John Nolan. In 1995, Mary had a career highlight when she presented the 40th Eurovision live from the Point Theatre in Dublin. Norway won Eurovision that year, and Mary and John danced a beautiful waltz to winning entry ‘Nocturne’ by Secret Garden. Tonight, Fionnuala Sherry, who performed it for Eurovision in 1995, was in the audience to support Mary.
Following the dance, Mary said of Eurovision : "At least then, I knew what I was doing. It's about being prepared, and I think we are doing that here as well."
Loraine: "Waltz in itself is a difficult dance, but when you take on Nocturne, it becomes a very slow waltz, so it needed to be filled out with more syncopations for light and shade. It was elegant and very stylish."
Julian: "It was beautiful haunting waltz. First of all, you looked elegant and stunning. From a technical perceptive, I'd like to see a little bit more power through the routine on the floor, but Mary you are just going one way and that's up."
Brian: "I think that over the last few weeks, you have started to develop some real consistency in your performances. Overall, a pretty good attempt at a waltz."
For fellow television presenter Brian Dowling and his partner Laura Nolan, tonight was all about family. Their upbeat cha-cha-cha to ‘We are Family’ by Sister Sledge showcased Brian’s strong bond with his six younger sisters, as they popped up in a booth on the dance floor. They supported their 'Big Brother' Brian as he honoured their mother, Rosie, who passed away in 2018. After they finished the emotional performance, Brian said of his mother: “It will be two years very soon and it's just so tough because she's not here and she's my best friend. If she was here, she would be in her element."
Loraine said: "I am very excited that you get to share this memory with your sisters. What you need for the cha-cha-cha is a lot of attitude and fun and you have that. It could have been a bit better in the feet, but despite all that, you made a new memory tonight with your sisters."
Julian said: "That was a razzle-dazzle cha cha. I couldn't take my eyes off you...I am drawn to you... you are The Greatest Showman. I could see how much this meant to you tonight. If you could marry that fabulous facial work into those feet, you would be box office."
Brian said: "It's great for you to have your family here and great for us to have you here to entertain us. Great entertainment but the cha-cha technique is not quite there.
In 2008, Fair City actor Ryan Andrews was told that he would never dance due to his scoliosis diagnosis. Ryan told the harrowing story of how he overcame his obstacles and proved that he is living his dream tonight as he and Giulia Dotta danced a stunning rumba to Coldplay’s ‘Fix You.’
Ryan said: “At 14 I didn't know what I was, but to get up and do what I'm doing now...it means a lot to me. I haven't talked about it, it's still raw. To be part of the show was something I've always wanted to do but never thought I would get the chance. I have that mentality of 'get up, get out and go for it'."
Brian said: "I would have liked to see the splits a little bit lower. When I heard that story about you having scoliosis and how you were treated, I was shocked, because your posture is perfect, You are an absolute role model to young people across the country."
Julian said: "It was a beautifully masculine moving rumba. You brought out the essence of the dance tonight, you moved me on the floor. The sparks came off the two of you, for a guy who was told he would never dance, I empathise with you my friend, I was there. Tonight, you proved to the nation that anything is possible."
Loraine said: "Here we have a tale of flirtation and the ultimate connection for a man and woman. It wasn't perfect, it got a little bit footy, but the effort you put in was a tremendous effort. This was just classy."
To begin part 3 of the show, Fr. Ray Kelly and Kylee Vincent danced a Viennese Waltz to the song that propelled Fr. Ray into a viral sensation, 'Halleluljah'. In 2014 he sang ‘Hallelujah’ during a wedding ceremony, and tonight he danced to his own version of the song.
Afterwards Fr. Ray commented: “I never danced to myself singing before in my life. It was very emotional."
Julian said: "Halleluljah Father, this was a beautiful and emotional and dare I say, spiritual Viennese Waltz. I could see that this meant everything to you tonight. You shone brightly and you enjoyed it. Be proud of yourself, it was a memorable moment."
Brian said: "It had the bounce of samba, flicky feet of a jive, shame it was a Viennese Waltz, I must admit, there was one thing I absolutely loved, the singing was heavenly."
Loraine said: "I think you are in your comfort zone tonight, I thought there was tremendous effort here. You didn't have the full swing, but it was there. I see a good change tonight, well done."
2011 was a very memorable year for radio presenter Lottie Ryan as she landed her dream job in RTÉ 2FM. Beyoncé’s track ‘Radio’ was a fitting choice for Lottie and Pasquale La Rocca’s tango. Lottie said she had been nervous before performing: "It was such a different style for me, it was brand new"
Lottie said that her late dad Gerry Ryan would have been in "his absolute element" watching her.
Loraine said: "The dance of the tango was very good...it was all there with great staccato energy attached to it. You are a firecracker."
Brian said: "The top line was excellent. The acceleration you showed during this tango routine was phenomenal. I am a little conflicted about it as a performance...it just needed a little more light and shade. Still a very solid tango."
Julian said: "My radio was definitely turned on after that performance. A fast, powerful tango, great commitment and I loved the contemporary twist. You have it all going on, girl. Overall a great performance, solid."
Gráinne Gallanagh and her partner Kai Widdrington reflected back on 2018, the year that Gráinne was crowned Miss Universe Ireland. Their contemporary ballroom dance to Sia’s ‘Unstoppable’ was Grainne's choice, as later that year, she was placed in the top twenty for the title of Miss Universe in Thailand.
Grainne told how she had hurt her ribs during the week and found the routine very physical, and said: "You have no choice but to try to up your game every week."
Loraine said: "I saw the glimmer of a competitor here, I feel the fire is starting to burn here."
Brian said: "I thought the variety of styles was excellent. It maybe lacked a little bit of self belief and I can understand why, up until now, you have been mid-table.I thought you weren't going to move from there, but tonight, you proved me wrong. You were top drawer."
Julian said: "It was a fierce contemporary ballroom piece, you are going from strength to strength in this competition. I'm seeing a progression from you constantly. That lift in the centre was box-office gold. If you keep going this way, you will be unstoppable."
1992 was a memorable year for Irish people, not just for Michael Carruth, as the country watched him win Ireland’s first ever Olympic Gold medal in boxing in Barcelona. His was also the first Olympic gold medalist for Ireland in nearly forty years. Michael and Karen Byrne danced a tango to ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet.
After his dance, he said: "Listen, I won an Olympic gold medal, but I didn't win it on my own, I won it with my family, the boxing club and the people of Ireland."
Julian said: "The good news is Karen definitely brought out the inner dancer in you tonight, There were moments of Carry On Dancing in there. You are on the right road so keep going. We have the glimmer of a dancer in you."
Brian: "You are getting better. For the first few weeks, you were little bit lost. It's still a bit dancing by numbers, but it's getting better. Not gold just yet"
Loraine: "It wasn't quite the gold... in those positions, I do see improvement. I think that's good for you."
The final dancer of the night was Kilkenny’s Aidan Fogarty and his partner Emily Barker. 2006 was a celebratory year for the hurler, winning his first All-Ireland medal on the field. He scored Kilkenny’s only goal of the All-Ireland final, preventing Cork from winning three in a row. To top the day off, Aidan was awarded Man of the Match. They danced the Charleston to ‘Bingo Bango’ by Basement Jaxx. Afterwards, Aidan said: “I just struggled with the Charleston, I couldn't get the swivel."
Loraine said: "We are in the 2020s but this dance came from the roaring 1920s. The Charleston is full of fun and sassiness and swivels, Yys, it was there, but there was just this element of stomping and bumping and it was just not my cup of tea."
Brian said: "This certainly had the energy and the speed that we are looking for from a Charleston. It probably could have done with a little more swivel in the feet. Maybe a bit too cool for school for a Charleston."
Julian said: "I completely disagree with both judges. This was a cool, funky Charleston and what you did was use artistic licence. We want to see innovation, new dance steps. I am a non-traditionalist, Aidan you have never danced in your life before and that was one powerful Charleston. I love people who bring us forward."
After a break, Nicky chatted to the celebrity dancers about their evening. The final dance of the night was another highlight of the show as the pro dancers performed a magnificent Paso Doble to ‘Volare’ by Gypsy Kings.
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Yewande Biala is the first celebrity to be eliminated from this series of RTÉ One's Dancing with the Stars. Yewande took to the dance floor for her second individual dance, a Viennese Waltz. Brian Redmond said her dance routine was clumpy, lumpy and bumpy and the judges gave her a score of 12 tonight but it wasn't enough to put the star through to the fourth show. Speaking about the experience, she said: "I did have fun, I had an amazing partner and it was an interesting experience."
This was the first week that all eleven celebrities took to the floor to perform their individual dances in a jam packed show.
First to take to dance floor this week was model Gráinne Gallanagh who danced a fun jive to 'Dear Future Husband' by Meghan Trainor with her partner Kai Widdrington. A fun Vegas wedding scene unfolded as they were married in style by an Elvis impersonator! After the performance Gráinne said: "My sister had flown all the way from Australia. I have great support – I’m very lucky!”
Loraine said: “Kicks and flicks very good – I would have liked a little bit more energy – a groovy start.”
Brian said: “Small little timing issues – once or twice you were a little late – great party feel and great organisation and a party I would like to be at all night long.”
She scored 20 from the judges.
Next to dance was former Kilkenny Hurler Aidan Fogarty. Suited and booted, he took to the floor for a foxtrot with his partner Emily Barker, as they danced to the Oasis track 'Half the World Away.' Following his performance Aidan said: "The was a bit of pressure – no one wants to go home. I enjoyed it more this week.”
Loraine said: “The control from foot to foot was suburb. The positive outweigh the negatives.”
Julian said: “This was a leading man’s foxtrot. Smooth sophisticated, controlled. This is like a dance match made in heaven.”
Brian said: “I think towards the start the left arm was flat. I was really impressed the way you used your legs. This is probably one of the best foxtrots from any male celebrity on the show.”
He scored 23 from the judges.
Former boxer Michael Carruth performed a samba to 'It's Not Unusual' by Tom Jones, inspired by a 70's festival feel, with Karen Byrne. After they finished Michael said: "I know I’m not the best dancer but if I can make people happy then I’m happy. The calf is okay – nothing a bag of ice won’t fix later!”
Loraine said: “A great samba routine. Sadly Michael you didn’t complete the steps. I’m disappointed for you as it was a great routine.”
Julian said: “I thought this was a good concept. Within the routine, there pockets of samba moments. I want to see you commit a little bit more to the routine as I know you have it in you.”
Brian said: “I hope you never hit man with glasses! The top wasn’t great but the middle part of your body was quite good. I know you have had a leg injury but you need to work more.
Michael scored 11 from the judges.
Next up, former Love Islander Yewande Biala danced a Viennese waltz with Stephen Vincent. They danced their routine to Taylor Swift's 'Lover' and the girly scene was set with fairy lights. Speaking after the performance Yewande commented: "I was nervous as it was my first time doing ballroom.”
Loraine said: “It was a very moody opening. It needed to be more right side to right side – it was a difficult dance but you need better position.”
Julian said: “I look for the 3 f’s - frame, flow of routine, and feet and you need to work on those a bit more but I enjoyed the performance.”
Brian said: “ for me. Not the greatest Viennese waltz. You did better out of hold.”
She scored 12 from the judges.
B*Witched singer Sinéad O' Carroll took to the dance floor with Ryan McShane. The couple danced a traditional, Spanish feeling Paso Doble to 'El Gato Montes' by Arielle Dombasle. Afterwards Sinéad said: "I struggled with it during rehearsals, but I had a great mentor. It was really, really good."
Loraine said: “I can certify that was a tremendous Paso Doble. It was a lovely postural circle. It was a fantastic ending. Well done.”
Julian said: I felt I was at the bullfight. It was great fusion of a real traditional spanish music with the Paso. No frills, no fuss just great dancing. Your control of the floor work was sublime.”
Brian said: “Practically perfect Paso. A great Paso Doble from start to finish – well done.”
She scored 24 from the judges.
TV Presenter Glenda Gilson performed a moody, dark waltz to 'I Never Loved a Man' by The Commitments, with her partner Robert Rowinski. Following the performance Glenda said: "I didn’t do the neck movement right but I enjoyed the frame.”
Loraine said: “Movement was very good. You have to work on the head position.”
Julian said: “I really enjoyed it, nice control across the floor. Out of hold, you need to work on the head and arm extensions. For the waltz and for the first time – well done.”
Brian said: “The first thing I want to talk about is the head position – it was like someone dropped a fiver and you were looking for it! Your moody character worked well with the waltz feel. You need to work on it.”
She scored 15 from the judges.
Fr. Ray Kelly danced a cha cha cha with Kylee Vincent. The scene was set in a 1950's Irish Ballroom where to danced to Michael Bublé's 'Save the Last Dance For Me.' After the dance he commented: “I really enjoyed it. I liked the acting part a lot. The public has been very positive.”
Loraine said: “The steps are there but you didn’t do any of the steps. You can move your hips but that’s the only thing I saw.”
Julian said: “I don’t know what to say – it was fun – I need you to knuckle down a little bit more. I hope this isn’t the last dance for you as I think you have a lot more to give.”
Brian said: “You had 24 bars of music before you started and then I wish you hadn’t stared at all. At least you looked like you enjoyed yourself out there.”
He scored 6 from the judges.
*Fr Ray was the first ever contestant to score 1 point from a judge in all four series.
Next to dance was Ryan Andrews who performed an energetic tango with Giulia Dotta to Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy.' When they finished Ryan said: "I was just so nervous tonight. I’m delighted, we put a lot of work into it and it paid off. Giulia whipped me into shape.”
Loraine said: “You both got into character tonight. You executed timing to perfection. Excellent tango.”
Julian said: “That was tango-tastic. We saw that bad boy we were looking for. What a framing and intent was good. You were just on fire tonight.”
Brian said: “I really love this, attack, attack, attack – drive, drive, drive. I absolutely loved this. This is a sign you started the competition tonight – well done.”
He scored 23 from the judges.
Radio presenter Lottie Ryan performed a contemporary ballroom dance with her pro partner Pasquale La Rocca. Their soundtrack was 'Castles' by Freya Ridings. After their dance ended Lottie said: “I think it is one of those dances where you can’t be half way, you have to be completely thrown in. I had a great teacher.”
Loraine said: “Overall I would have liked a softer transition, but Lottie I’m captivated by you, you are so in it. Gripping, fierce and fiery.”
Julian said: “This was near perfection for me. It was a perfect marriage between contemporary and ballroom. Lottie Ryan – you are dynamite girl!”
Brian said: “That was a top-class performance. I maybe would like to have seen a little ballroom. It ain’t what you do, it’s the way you do it and you did it great.”
She scored 26 from the judges.
Next up was television presenter Mary Kennedy. She and John Nolan danced a salsa in Latino-styled colourful outfits to 'Ran Kan Kan' by Luis Lema. Following the performance Mary said: "It was such fun, it was so different and nice after last week’s comments.”
Loraine said: “You’re not just entertaining and surprising us - I actually think you’re shocking yourself. You put a bit of chic into it tonight.”
Julian said: “Sexy Senorita, all the salsa moves. It was great, it was energetic – and the lifts – wow girl! You were fantastic, well done.”
Brian said: “For me, it wasn’t better than last week – it was vastly better than last week! Lifts were great. A big step forward from what you gave us last week – well done.”
She scored 16 from the judges.
Finally, it was Brian Dowling's turn. Brian and his partner Laura Nolan showcased a 60's style American Smooth complete with shop windows and mannequins to 'Dance Monkey' by Tones & I. Brian said “I kissed a girl and I liked it!! I’m nearly 42 and I’m still begging for votes on national television!”
Loraine said: “You had me in this, the whole narrative. that I’m very impressed with your foxtrot but keep your mouth closed. Super, super good.”
Julian said: “That was a picture-perfect opening to that routine. I loved the fact that you fused a few dance styles. I would have liked to have a little bit more smoothness.”
Brian said: “I loved this concept of American smooth, a really interesting take on it. You had great contrast I think that was really interesting take – well done.”
He scored 20 from the judges.
After Nicky's chat with the celebrities, there was one final dance of the evening for viewers to enjoy. The pro dancers performed a sensational traditional style salsa to 'Senorita' by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello. As part of the routine they danced through washing lines in Havana street scenes.
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Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne rolled out the red carpet for the celebrity female dancers, as the second live show of Dancing with the Stars aired on RTÉ One. The professional dancers opened the show with a Ballroom dance to Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’ featuring a large jewellery ballerina box, beginning with a beautiful ballerina performance from new pro dancer Laura Nolan.
All six celebrity female dancers made their solo debut on the dance floor tonight for a striking second live show. First to grace the dance floor was Glenda Gilson with the stunning cha cha cha to Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’. Partnered with Robert Rowiński, Glenda’s first solo performance was lively and playful throughout the energetic pop track.
Glenda said: “I’m relieved that it’s done! We call ourselves ‘GlenRo’ or ‘GGRR’ I was very nervous but when I saw the lads last week, I just wanted to get out and do it.”
Loraine Barry kicked off the judge’s comments, "This was a very good cha cha. It was very sexy, Sultry. I’m very impressed but a tip - move down into the floor, more hip action, more earthy.”
Brian Redmond said: "Everyone is talking about how long your legs are but you have to use those legs! I thought you were going to wrap your legs around Robert twice! You need to bring more commitment. It was better that I was expecting it to be!"
Julian Benson added: "It was a cha cha’licouis start to the show. It was a no frills start to the show. Robert played to your strengths. Overall, week 1 for a girl that was nervous, you did really well."
Glenda earned a score of 17 from the judges.
Second to take to the dance floor was Donegal native Gráinne Gallanagh who is partnered with Kai Widdrington. The pair was the first to take on the Tango to the track ‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Following the performance,
Gráinne said: "I’m so happy – the relief!" Kai added "She has been working so hard – I’m really proud of her."
Loraine said: "For me the content of the tango was absolutely on-point. I think it was a great tango. The skaters walk was done very well and it was a bad ass girl song so you need to get the passion out there – you’ve got it in you, we want more."
Brian said: "That was soft, it was elegant, it was pretty - it’s everything I don’t want from a tango! I thought the frame was really, really good. It needs to be lower in the legs with more power, it was lacking in character but not a bad start overall.”
Julian added: "Who would have thought – from Buncranna to the dancefloor. For week one, you gave it your all. Great co-ordination. You need to dog deep and bring your inner actress. You work as a very good partnership with Kai."
Gráinne scored a total of 18 from the judges.
The third performance saw Sinéad O’Carroll and pro dance partner Ryan McShane bring some 1950s Brooklyn street sensations to the floor with an American Smooth to Steve Lawrence’s ‘Bewitched’.
After her routine Sinéad said: "I’ve watched these programmes for years and it felt amazing. I’m so chuffed that we got through it. To have all those comments – I’m delighted for week one. My kids are chuffed that I’m doing it."
Loraine said: "I think there a star in the making. For me you really did dance with all the body, the feet – the arms. It was really, really lovely. I think you’re a leading lady."
Brian said: "I thought it was exactly what we wanted to see from that. I was a little bit bothered by the arms and the feet were a little bit all over the place. I was bewildered by the characterisation and the storytelling."
Julian added: "Girl you put a spell on me. This was graceful, smooth and elegant. You beamed through the whole thing. I’m excited for you moving forward. I wanted more. It was magical for me, keep up the good work."
Sinéad received a score of 21 from the judges.
Audiences were also treated to a guest performance from former pro dancer Ksenia Zsikhotska, who made a return to the Irish dance floor after spending three years with the Dancing with the Stars Ireland family. She performed a fiery Argentinean Tango to ‘La Cumparsita’ by Ensemble Contraste with Strictly star Vincent Simone.
Next up was former Love Island contestant Yewande Biala and newcomer Stephen Vincent, who wowed the audience with a Salsa routine to ‘Solo Dance’ by Martin Jensen.
Afterwards Yewande said: "I’ve been training really hard and I bruised my right rib and I had it x-rayed yesterday. Curtis did try and show me how to salsa on Love Island but I didn’t really get it! The guys on Love Island are really looking forward to watching it and they're surprised I’m on it!"
Loraine said: "You had some really, really good salsa in there. The opening was beautiful, the hips started to go. You lost a bit of the timing, I’m impressed you kept going. A little but more work and it will be really, really good."
Brian said: "For me it was like that typical Love Island relationship - it was on, it was off, particularly when it came to the lifts. I think if you could sort those bits and pieces out we could have a long and lasting relationship."
Julian added: "For a non-dancer, come in on week one with those lifts and carrying an injury. It was very bond-girl esq. Let yourself go a little bit more. Well done girl."
She scored a total of 16 from the judges.
The penultimate performance came from Mary Kennedy and pro dancer John Nolan. They impressed viewers with a smooth Foxtrot dance to ‘No Frontiers’ by Mary Black and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Julian began: "It was a beautiful song for a beautiful woman. Trust in John, you’re working with a champion, together you’re box office gold. You said you wanted to dance – you’re dream has come true. So proud of you, it was elegant and sophisticated. It was so clear you enjoyed it, you had a twinkle in your eyes."
Brian said: "That was flat from start to finish. You do have that sparkle in your eyes which was fabulous to see but you do have a bit more work to do."
Loraine said: "You may have retired from a programme but that was not a retired performance. You got to work on the length, posture and go through the feet. Foxtrot is the most difficult dance."
Commenting on the performance afterwards Mary said: "I was very nervous. I was glad to get out there and do the dance as we worked so hard. I was expecting those comments from Brian – sure doesn’t everyone expect it from Brian!"
Mary received a score of 13 from the judges.
The final live performance was an energetic Jive to Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On’. Lottie Ryan teamed up with pro dancer Pasquale La Rocca, who was recently crowned the champion of Dancing with the Stars Belgium. Following the dance Lottie said: "It’s really stamina driven so it took quite a while to get it into my body without getting sick! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before."
Loraine said: “Chorographically – this was tremendously a great jive. The feet and the legs here are very good. One major missing ingredient was kick ball and change. I need articulation.”
Brian said: “Wow, what a start. To bring the all that energy, the moves. That was beyond anything I’ve ever seen at the start on Dancing with the Stars. It was a little flat and I needed more bounce. Lottie you little legend.”
Julian added: "There was a whole lot of Lottie going on. You were like a little pocket rocket. You don’t do it in half measures – you really go for it. Pasquale really kept you on your toes. You have all the major qualities to go a long way in this competition girl!"
She scored a total of 20 from the judges.
The show concluded on a high with a group dance from the celebrity male dancers. Fr. Ray Kelly led the crew who danced to Village People’s ‘In the Navy.’
Last week RTÉ One’s Dancing with the Stars returned for a fourth series, which saw all five celebrity male dancers perform their first solo dance. Ryan Andrews was streets ahead scoring a notable 21 however the All-Ireland winning Kilkenny Hurler Aidan Fogarty wasn’t far behind with a score of 18.
The eliminations will begin on the third week of the show – Sunday 19th January.
We have been waiting for this and our Sundays are complete now as Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne are back to host the fourth series of Dancing with the Stars. The new series got off to a fantastic start last night as the show opened with a group dance featuring all of the celebrity and professional dancers. They danced through 100 years in time, to a medley of music, with various styles from the roaring 1920’s to the present day.
The five celebrity male dancers took to the floor in spectacular fashion for the first live show. First to take to the dance floor was former eight time All-Ireland winning Kilkenny Hurler Aidan Fogarty with his dance partner Emily Barker.
Aidan’s first live performance was an energetic Jive, paying homage to his black and amber roots, dancing to ‘Tiger Feet.’ Commenting after the dance Aidan said: “I’m a half a stone down! It was some experience, fantastic, great buzz. It was easier to play in Croke Park on All Ireland final day than it was to do that! It was the same buzz though." Loraine Barry began the judges comments: "Wow! You deffo don’t need your hurley anymore – it was a full-on jive. It was a great Jive - really, really well done. What a sensational start to the show! When I see you, it was the passion and the drive that drove you – you’re one to watch!” Julian continued: “It was a jumin’ jivi’elicious to the show. Never mind tiger feet, you have dancing feet." Brian added: “Everyone in Kilkenny calls you ‘Taggy’ but your feet was a little bit ‘flappy’, but I think you could be a cat that could be roaring for a few weeks!”
He scored a total of 18 from the judges.
Next up was former Olympic boxer Michael Carruth who is partnered with Karen Byrne. Michael’s first dance was an American Smooth, which incorporated an Irish jig, dancing to ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston. ’ Michael said: “There was good and bad points - you have to take the good with the bad. I call (Karen) the Ballyfermot Bruiser! Karen said “Tonight he’s definitely Little Michael twinkle toes." Julian said: “I thought I was watching Michael Flatley ‘Lord of the Dance’ it was something fresh. A little bit more jollity across the floor but I know you have it because you gave a great punch!” Loraine added: “You’ve got to knuckle down and learn the routine – I know you can do it. Brian said: “Although there’s supposed to be smooth, there was so much jigging around, but your frame and posture wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be.”
Michael received a score of 12 from the judges
Fair City star, Ryan Andrews was straight off the panto stage and onto the dancefloor with partner, Giulia Dotta. They performed the cha cha cha to the hit ‘If I can’t have you’. Afterwards Ryan said “You get so much into it and you don’t want to let your partner down so I kept going and going in training until I split my trousers! I’m a huge fan so to walk down those stairs tonight was like a dream come true.” Brian said: “I thought it lacked a little bit of hip action! But the way you used your feet was phenomenal. This is a good start and bodes very well for the future!” Loraine: You used a lot of space I would like to see the body go a little more into space. A little bit choppy at times but the steps and rhythm were there.”Julian added: “A cha cha boom baby! Chemistry of the two of you was bouncing. You’ve great foot work. I’m very excited about you – you’ve huge potential.”
He scored a total of 21 from the judges.
Not to be outdone, the female celebrities also took to the floor for a group dance when they danced among beach scenes to ‘California Gurls’ by Katy Perry. Following a group chat with the girls, it was back to the male dancers.
Fr. Ray Kelly teamed up with his pro dance partner, Kylee Vincent. They danced a foxtrot to ‘A Spirit in the Sky’. After they finished Fr Ray Said: "It felt really good. I think Buddy (his dog) was watching and really proud. (He joked) I said a little prayer for myself personally but not for these guys!”
Loraine began the comments with: “You’ll have to forgive me but it wasn’t the foxtrot we wanted to see. A gliding step across the floor would have helped. You did your very best, you worked very hard and I believe you really enjoyed it.” Julian: “Never mind the spirit in the sky, you are my ray of sunshine! You danced with heart, your face came alive and you were even singing the song. Where’s there’s a will, there’s way!”
Brian added: “The dance was a mystery to me and I think even at times, it was to you. You got most of the steps wrong in the 2nd half but it can only get better.”
He scored a total 8 of from the judges
Last up was Big Brother winner, Brian Dowling. Brian was accompanied by his pro dancer, Irish newcomer, Laura Nolan. They danced a salsa to ‘Juice’. Brian Said: “So relieved it’s over - going last you get to see everyone go first. I liked the Salsa cause it’s quick, it’s all face and hands – I can do that. You don’t want to be disappointing your partner, she has so much creativity and vision - Dancing is not easy. My husband Arthur is a choreographer and there could be a few arguments tonight!!” Julian began: “That was one sexy salsa! You were giving it loads – we got lots of arms, lots of face, lots of movement. You’re a born entertainer, a showman. I want to see lots of top and lots of bottom! I want more hip action. Practice makes perfect. You’ve got potential Brian.” Brian Redmond continued: “You sang that song from start to finish! Some sections of it, I actually quite enjoyed. You don’t need any practicing with the posing! A little fidgety at times but overall, not a bad start.” Loraine: “It felt so good didn’t it? It didn’t come out like that. You’ve got it but you didn’t let it out of your body. There is something special about you which we will see over the next few weeks.”
He scored a total 16 of from the judges.
Viewers also got another chance to see the Dancing with the Stars 2019 reigning champions Mairéad Ronan and John Nolan. They performed their beautiful Vienesse Waltz to ‘You Are The Reason’ by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis from last year’s semi-final once again. The night ended on a high as the pro-dancers took to trampolines to perform a Charleston to ‘The Bounce.’ Next week it’s the turn of the female celebrity dancers to shine on the dance floor and the first elimination will take place in show 3. There will be even more exclusive Dancing with the Stars content to enjoy as RTÉ’s social channels cover all the backstage antics with the effervescent James Patrice at the helm. For all the latest news and backstage gossip follow RTÉ One on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & TWITTER
RTÉjr Goes Dancing with the Stars is back on Thursday nights at 6.30pm. This weekly entertainment show, presented by Darcey MacGabhann (12) and Darragh Malone (14) will feature interviews with the celebrities and pro dancers as well as news reports on backstage activity and fun features with production departments. Finally, kids get their backstage pass to join the Dancing with the Stars party!
In a new addition this year, James Patrice will bring you extra behind-the-scenes news in a brand new weekly podcast. Including chats with stars, their professional partners and the judges, it will be available every Monday to keep the Dancing with the Stars buzz going after the main show has aired.
Finally Dancing with the Stars will be available to watch live on RTÉ Player with the opportunity to catch up on each individual dance.
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