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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