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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