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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