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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