Emotions run high during dance week
Sunday night episodesaw no contestants eliminated but one received immunity for next week’s show. The theme was Dedicated Dance and it was an emotionally charged episode.
Star Matthew MacNabb has paid tribute to his friend Ryan Freeman who died last year. Her touching contemporary ballroom performance moved the judges. “Ryan was here tonight, guiding you through your performance,” Gourounlian said, calling it his “best night yet.” “Ryan, Matthew made you proud,” Barry said. MacNaab scored 26 points and, combined with the public vote, made it to the top of the table. He will be safe from the first dance-off next week.
Nina Carberry dedicated her opening number to her daughters, Holly and Rosie. She danced a samba and Judge Loraine Barry says she “set the whole room on fire”. Arthur Gourounlian praised her for going “from supermom to superstar” and Brian Redmond hailed her efforts: “Not a perfect salsa but a really good try.” She received 24 points from the jury.
Aslan member Billy McGuinness’ contemporary ballroom routine on “Crazy World” was dedicated to his bandmate, Christy Dignam. “The fight Christy had with his life is why he deserves this dance,” McGuinness said. He was in tears as the judges praised his passion, even though they felt his performance wasn’t perfect. “You danced with your heart,” Gourounlian noted, and Barry was impressed with the “heart and soul” he put into it. He got 17 points.
Ellen Keane took advantage of her performance to pay tribute to her best friend Aisling Byrne. Keane says his support has been crucial, especially during his Olympic journey. Her routine on Beyoncé’s “Who Run The World” impressed the judges, especially Gourounlian who awarded her 10 points. “I work with Beyoncé, she would be so proud of you tonight,” he said. Barry also said she “took a punch” and remains to be watched. She got 28 points in total.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Gráinne Seoige dedicated her samba to her husband Leon. She said it’s the first show her husband hasn’t been able to sit in the audience: “He’s been to every show this season and this week he caught Covid. It’s really unfortunate but that’s the world we live in, isn’t it? Her performance left the judges wanting more of her: “You’re not selling her enough,” Barry said. She got 17 points from the judges.
Another emotionally heavy routine during the show came from rugby star Jordan Conroy, who dedicated his foxtrot to his mother Jenny. He described how she escaped domestic violence. “It’s a celebration more than a bloody story,” he said. The pressure of the night made itself known and the judges felt that his performance should have been better. However, Barry said his mother’s option was the only one he should worry about. “Your mom, forget us, she’s the proudest in the room tonight.” He got 19 points.
Cyclist Nicolas Roche has paid tribute to his younger brother Alexis and “offers him his moment in the spotlight”. He said Alexis saved their brother Florian’s life by donating bone marrow. Gourounlian said his quick step “really rose to the challenge”. However, Redmond was less impressed. “Great up top, kinda meh down.” He got 19 points.
Erica Cody used her tango to say thank you to singer Samantha Mumba, whom she describes as an inspiration. She danced to Mumba’s “Body to Body”, but the judges were disappointed. “You’ve had an amazing five weeks but I feel like tonight you haven’t reached that level,” Gourounlian said and Redmond agreed, saying it was “not just quite” Erica Well “.” She got 20 points.