Irish eyes were smiling last night as Ireland’s own answer to Strictly hit TV screens across the Emerald Isle. We may not be able to watch it here in the UK (due to geoblocking 😢) but we have our very own Irish Reporter, Sarah, who will be bringing us some Dancing with the Stars magic this series! Here’s what she thought of show one:
Last night DWTS Ireland hit our screens on RTE One, with much hype surrounding it. It boasted Darren Bennett as Creative Producer and Lilia Kopylova as Choreographer and in my opinion didn’t disappoint.
Now I sat down to watch this thinking it will never be Strictly but you know what, I was surprised. It opened with a great pro number to Putting on the Ritz which ended as a group number. We were then introduced to our hosts Amanda Byram (Wipeout UK) and Nicky Byrne (Westlife & Strictly Season 10), followed by the Judges – Julian Benson (tried a bit too much to be Bruno), Brian Redmond & Loraine Barry. Had never heard of them before but seem to know their stuff and its nice that they are Irish.
We finally got to meet the 11 Stars and here we had some confusion as I had only heard of 6 of them but in my defence I don’t watch any soaps, Irish or otherwise, Strictly is my only reality and I’m a bit passed my boy band (Hometown) stage.
The ladies had an easier night as they had a group dance to do at the end of the show with the lads being centre stage doing their individual dances.
Comedian Des Bishop & Giulia Dotta – Tango – 18 points
Big brother star Hughie Maughan & Emily Barker – Cha Cha – 15 points
Sports broadcaster Des Cahill & Karen Byrne – Foxtrot – 16 points
Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova – Salsa – 19 points
Hometown’s Dayl Cronin & Ksenia Zsikhotska – Charleston – 23 points
They ended the show with another pro number and the the girls group dance with Nicky talking to the Stars and judges in between.
In fairness to DWTS Ireland Strictly Come Dancing has spoiled us so you have to watch it with an open mind and think back to Strictly Season 1, where you didn’t know the judges or the professionals and they are now celebrities in their own right. It wasn’t without its issues as the somehow managed to take 5 Stars dancing on week 1 and make it last for 2 hours – so many ad breaks and no live band or singers.
The first show is over and week 2 is Ladies night, hopefully everyone will be settled down and try to be themselves as we have no elimination till week 3. The next 11 weeks will be interesting but here’s hoping that it will be successful because I can finally vote and once its finished it wont be long till Strictly starts.
Thanks Sarah for sharing your thoughts on DWTS Ireland. We may not have access to all the show but Sarah will be sharing moments from DWTS and giving us weekly reports on our blog! If you were lucky enough to watch the show we’d love to hear what you thought of it. You can comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.