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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