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DWTS Ireland – The Final! A Review by @ByrneSarahNow

Over the past 11 weeks, our wonderful Irish reporter, Sarah (@byrneSarahNow) has guided us through the fab-u-lous first series of the Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing, DWTS Ireland. There have been many an embellished jacket (which puts Craig Revel Horwood’s costume’s to shame) and some epic dances. Here is what she thought of the final. If you haven’t watched it yet, look away now, as there are spoilers!

Welcome back everyone to my final review of what I have to say may of had a bit of a shaky start but has ended up being a brilliant series. 

Right from the start of the Final show we were given an amazing pro dance which included our judges strutting their stuff and showing us that not only can they talk the talk but dance the dance. So sitting there watching the dance to see who is who and up next pop Nicky and Amanda giving it loads and it just set the tone for what was to come.

We also have our last instalment of Julian’s jacket watch who worn a glittery number this week. We have a photo of Julian with the creative mind behind his jackets, Claire Garvey @cgraveydesigner.

With everyone doing three dances it was time to get going.
First up 

Aidan & Valeria

Judges Choice – American Smooth – 25 (Week 5 -21)

Favourite – Salsa – 25 (Week 1 – 19)

Freestyle – 30

Last week I commented on the power of the vote & this week Aidan wanted to prove to everyone that he had as much right to be in the Final as anyone else. And did he ever. with an increase of 4 points for his classy American Smooth & an increase of 6 points for his Salsa, he showed he has come a long way. 

The Freestyle that Valeria came up with was nothing short of amazing. She used his strength and with the lifts that she put into it showed an unbelievable level of trust in him. I thought it was amazing & just right that he got a perfect score for it. Well done Aidan.

Aoibhin & Vitali

Judges Choice – Jive – 29 (Week 8 – 28)

Favourite – Rumba – 29 ( Week 6 – 26)

Freestyle – 30

Maybe it’s just me but I prefer when they go back a good few weeks & pick a dance so we can see the level of improvement. Aoibhin’s dances were all pretty good the first time around with only Brian with holding his 10 paddle.
Aoibhin’s Freestyle was a dramatic contemporary with some amazing lifts & moves. Vitali has showed he has a flare for the dramatic & Aoibhin proved that she was up for the challenge.

A great night for Aoibhin.

Denise & Ryan

Judges Choice – Tango – 30 (Week 3 – 26)

Favourite – Salsa – 30 (Week 8 – 27)

Freestyle – 30

Sheer perfection from Denise. She also showed improvement in her previous dances & I had serious concerns for Ryan who looked like his heart was about to burst he was so proud of Denise.

We have learnt over the course of the season that Ryan is a very talented choreographer so when he was able to let loose with the Freestyle he was fantastic. Their Freestyle was a soft & emotional contemporary dance, with more fabulous lifts. With 3 perfect scores Denise could do no more – well done.

So there you have it. We started with 11 and now our final 3 can do no more, 12 long intense weeks and it’s time for the public to vote and choose our winner as the judges scores are only a guide. 

All of our previous Stars are back for one night only and we see poor Hughie hasn’t toned down the tan, Dayl is still feeling devastated that he is not in the final and I think Katherine and Teresa started the wrap party early. They took part in a group number which allowed them to take part one last time.

We also had live music from The Vamps who had support from our Wonderful Pro Dancers.
With the voting closed and counting done it was up to Amanda and Nicky (who took so long I thought they had left) to announce our winners…. Aidan & Valeria.

Congratulations to Aidan & Valeria, I for one am delighted with the result. Was he the best dancer – No, did he entertain – Yes. 

Some people seem to forget that whilst it is a dancing show it is also an entertainment show and Aidan showed us all that you can go from zero to hero. If he can do it anyone can and even if you don’t feel confident enough to do a Tango up the aisles of Super Value you may be able to give your significant other a twirl around the kitchen. 
The country went into such a state over this result I think the only thing I can compare it to was when Chris Hollins beat Ricky Whittle. (I was delighted with that result too). We will leave you as a divided country with half delighted for Aidan and the other half thinking it’s a scandal like no other and the girls were robbed. 

This has concluded a fabulous first season which is sure to return as it has given us all something to talk about other than sport and politics. I would like to thank @scd_support for allowing me to do this review and to all of you, who had read, commented and messaged me, I really appreciate it. 

Till next year, KEEP DANCING


Thank you for another brilliant review Sarah! You really do deserve a chocolate glitterball for all your efforts. We’d love to hear what you thought of the series, if you’ve been lucky enough to watch it. Did it amaze you? What did you think of the result too? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 


DWTS Ireland – The Semi Final Review by our Irish Reporter @byrnesarahnow 💃🏻🇮🇪🍀🇮🇪💃🏻

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know we’ve been following events in Ireland on their version of our favourite show. We can hardly believe it but it’s the semi-final. In this post, our Irish reporter Sarah, gives her take on the semifinals.

Failte romhat mo chara, this weekend we celebrated St Patrick. So as the Irish luck would have it, there was Irish music to be danced to and so much green it made you feel all patriotic.
When Amanda and Nicky came on stage Amanda had on a black dress, with a bejewelled green belt and green earrings which while lovely was very subtle considering we were celebrating St Patrick. 

Once the judges came out I understood why. Brian had on a green suit (sadly not the ones they were selling for the Euros), Loraine had a lovely green dress but looked like she was ready to step into a marching band with those French plaits and Julian was well Julian.

This week our Stars had to learn two dances and the first round of dances were all to be danced to Irish Music, think they could of carried this off for both rounds but sadly not.

Denise & Ryan

– Contemporary Ballroom -28 – Hozier

– Cha Cha – 27

Two very different dances for Denise who was injured before the show but she pulled it off brilliantly. She was able to showcase her fluidity of movement in one while showing her cheeky sassy side in the other. 

Aidan & Valeria

– Jive – 20 – Sing Street

– Waltz – 24

Poor Aidan, he may be a new dad but he has dad dancing down to a fine art. His long legs may have served Kerry well but they did nothing for him in his Jive. The Jive showed the massive divide between him & the rest of the semi finalists but then he came back with the Waltz. This dance saw him back in his comfort zone & I thought he was under marked as he showed real improvement compared to his Jive.

Dayl & Ksenia

 – Rumba – 28 – Westlife

– Quickstep – 26

Dayl loves dancing, it is clear to see on his wee face so it was no surprise when he was able to execute two amazing dances. The rumba which is very hard for male celebrities to do seemed like a walk in the park for Dayl & he looked as comfortable with the Quickstep. Job well done.

Aoibhin & Vitali

– Contemporary Ballroom – 30 – Sinead O’Connor

– Charleston – 30

Aoibhin was very lucky in her dances the weekend, as she had two very expressive & free moving ones which in turn allowed her to have a prefect score. I’m not saying she didn’t deserve the scores but she makes it seem like she woke up being able to do the dances whereas the rest seem to struggle.
Aoibhin also paid a very respective tribute to four heroic members of the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick has been laid to rest, however the search continues for Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy & Ciaran Smith. Di bheith in eineacht leat.
With all the dances done its time to let our pros do their thing while the rest of us do our voting.  

Since 1995 this next dance has stirred our passions & refuelled the images of what might have been if I only stuck with Irish Dancing, I could of been the next Jean Butler or Michael Flatly but sadly no those dreams were not for me. Those were the dreams of the people who graced the dance floor to give us Riverdance. That music always makes my heart speed up & you can see some behind the scene footage of our pros getting a lesson in Irish Dance on their twitter or Instagram accounts.

During the show we get to see our eliminated pros in Nicky’s area and this week they looked mighty strange. Our pro routine was set to that fabulous Donegal singer Enya’s Orinoco Flow. 

Curtis channelled his inner batman while Emily brought him into the light all very romantic.

As we had only four couples left the results looked to be a very tense affair. 

The first couple saved is Aidan & Valeria. While some of us where cheering for the underdog the realisation appeared that someone other than Aidan was going home. 

The twitterverse was not amused.
Next to be saved was Aoibhin & Vitali.

Which left Dayl & Denise in the dance off. Dayl looked like he could cry & Ryan looked like he wanted to punch something or someone!!! If the judges thought picking Aoibhin over Dessie last week was hard imagine the pressure this week.

Denise preformed her Contemporary routine while Dayl did the Quickstep. Now I thought that you had to perform your highest scored dance? Feel free to correct me.
Julian saved Denise while Brian saved Dayl. Deciding vote was Loraine’s and she chose to save Denise.

It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to Dayl who I think had a shot at winning and the poor thing couldn’t hold back the tears. So is the bromance between Dayl & Aidan over, only time will tell but if we have to take one lesson from this week it is to never ever underestimate the power of the Kerry vote, the GAA vote & the Gardai vote. 

Next week is our finals week & I’d love to hear who you thing might win, standout dances, who was voted out before they had a chance to shine because dreams can become a reality and miracles can happen which means Aidan could win this thing.
Slan agus Beannach Leat


DWTS Ireland – A Review from @ByrneSarahNow

It’s St.Patrick’s Day tomorrow, and whilst we all celebrate with our friends from the Emerald Isle, our Irish Reporter Sarah, has been hard at work reviewing the DWTS Ireland Quarter Final.

Here is her review in her own words:

DWTS Ireland – Quarter Finals

Folks it’s Quarter finals week and it is with all the luck us Irish have to offer that Des Cahill is still in the competition. It all just goes to show the power that the voting public actually hold.

Julian was givinghis own nod to London’s Pearly King with this weeks jacket while Amanda looked stunning in her dress.

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Since we are down to the final five no need to hang around, let’s get stuck in.

(P.S. I’m still devastated Katherine & Kai are gone but the show must go on….)

Aoibhin & Vitali – Tango – 25

Social media was raving about this dance but it did nothing for me. I wasn’t blown away by it & this is the great thing about a show like this, everyone has a different option. Aoibhin is an excellent dancer but I didn’t think this was her best dance.

Des & Karen – Jive -19

The judges were generous here & I think they scored him more for heart than anything. It was so much fun but it was filled with errors & timing issues.

Aidan & Valeria – Cha Cha -22

Aidan got a 10 last week & the judges are treating him like the next Michael Flatly. Here’s the thing, Aidan & his wife had a lovely baby girl during the week which meat that he only had 2 days training so while not great by normal standards it was great given his time constraints. Also there was a lift – didn’t think this was allowed but no one mentioned it!!!

Denise & Ryan – Charleston – 30

This dance always brings out the best in couples & this week was no different. Denise knocked it out of the park, through the field & over the hedge. She looked so confident & Ryan can breath a sigh of relief that he has gotten a perfect score.

Dayl & Ksenia – Paso – 27

Ksenia took a risk by using a cane instead of a cape & after the balloon debate fair play to her.

Dayl looked very powerful & commanding & he got Julian all tongue tied. He also did some really impressive knee…I’m trying to think what to call them as they didn’t seem to be walks or slides..he went from one knee to the other rapidly & it looked cool😂

Next up we had our first ever Ballroom Blitz, in which all five couples took to the floor to preform the Jive.

There are the bonus points that the judges awarded

5 points – Dayl & Ksenia

4 points – Aoibhin & Vitali

3 points – Denise & Ryan

2 points – Aidan & Valeria

1 point – Des & Karen

We then had our voting break with chat to everyone & a very powerful performance from a singer from Cork called LYRA @thisislyra with help from Ryan & Ksenia, some amazing drummers and a really good rope trapeze artist from Fosset’s circus who had on a flesh coloured catsuit that made me need to rewind to make sure it wasn’t actual skin 🙈

We were treated to another pro dance number and this had all the dancers taking part but Guilia seemed to take the role as lead.

Voting closed and we get down to the business of who stays and who goes….

Safely through are Aidan (think people were upset the judges gave him a hard time), Denise & Dayl.

Dance Off – Aoibhin & Des (more people must have felt like me about Aoibhin)

Nerves took over Aoibhin & Des might as well have sat down, took a load off & let Karen dance around him. When it came down to the judges voting they all said what a difficult decision it was and the nation went “Ah here” & threw in an eye roll for good measure.

Despite the hard decision Dancing Dessie was sent home with many tears & chocked back emotion. Karen got very emotional & even Nicky teared up.


So it’s the semis next week & I wonder what delights we have in store for us.

On a side note with DWTS Ireland finishing up in the next couple of weeks DWTS US is starting back next week so that should keep us going for another while.

Chat soon & enjoy St Patrick’s Day.

Sarah 💚

Thank you Sarah. If you watched this week’s Dancing With The Stars: Ireland, we’d love to hear what you thought of it too. You can comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

DWTS Ireland – Icons Week – A review by our Irish reporter @ByrneSarahNow

Over the past 10 weeks, we’ve been following Dancing with the Stars Ireland. We may not be able to watch it due to geoblocking, here in the UK, but have an expert Irish reporter (the lovely Sarah) who has been following it for us. Sunday just gone was Icons week. Here’s what she thought of the show:

This week was all about ICONS and I am pleased to say that our very own style Icon Judge Jules is back with his own tribute to David Bowie. Sad to see Darren go but nice to see Julian back.

We are down to six and soon to be five but who will survive the Dance Off???

First up we have – 

Katherine & Kai – Jive – 19

Tina Turner

I don’t think Katherine could have done this dance in week 1, & even though it wasn’t her best she through the kitchen sink at it. She looked like she had a great time performing it but I think they might of had a bit of a practice back stage. Fingers crossed its not them.

Denise & Ryan – Quick Step – 22

Amy Winehouse

These two are starting to annoy me. They are so good when it comes to dancing but Ryan feels like he should just ignore everything & do his own thing. Ryan added Foxtrot to his Quickstep which did them no favours as they only got a 22 and even though the dance was very good they had to rely on public votes. I like Ryan, I really do but some times he just has to Nod, Smile & Agree because he might be hurting Denise’s chances – I hope not.

Dayl & Ksenia – Cha Cha – 25

Justin Bieber 

Yes folks you read that right, Dayl chose Bieber as his Icon!!! We can weep for the generation later. They did a really good, cheeky Cha Cha which I enjoyed & so did the judges.

Aidan & Valeria – Charleston – 28

Ray Charles

It is hard for a Donegal person to say anything nice about a Kerry footballer but I have been waiting for this to happen since week 1, such was his breakthrough. This dance had everything from Aidan & got him a 10. It showed a different side to him & I hope he can keep it going in the coming weeks. Absolutely delighted with his performance.

Aoibhin & Vitali – Salsa – 29


Another confident performance from Aoibhin who seems to blooming under Vitali’s teachings. She looked like a professional she was that confident, fantastic performance.

Des & Karen – American Smooth – 17

Billy Joel

While Dancing Dessie may be back he is the Ed Balls of DWTS Irl. He managed the lifts better than Ed but sadly I think even he realises his time might be up.

Everyone has danced and we’ve had hits, misses & jaw dropping surprises so voting lines are open. Whilst we are waiting on the results of the voting we have the usual chit chat to everyone and then we are treated to two amazing Pro Dances. 

The first dance is to Man in the Mirror from Thriller Live which will be at The Gaiety Theatre. It was danced with junior dancers and looked so good. The second Pro Dance was just as good and I am really enjoying the live performances.

 With the voting closed and those progressing to next week we are down to our bottom three.

Aidan, Katherine & Dayl – notice no Des – twitter was not happy😒

Well now no matter who is in the dance off it is not going to be a happy ending for me and I knew it, Katherine was there with Dayl of all people. 

There was really no need for a vote as the nation knew the result – it was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to Katherine & Kai. Ragin, that my favourites are gone but I will continue to cheer on the rest of the stars.

I know RTE could of pick a better photo of Kai, I mean there must be loads to choose from.

Before I got and weep into a hanky, is Brian getting on anyone else’s nerves when he says “From Brian a….8, 9” I mean come on, save that for a 10 surely. Also the judges seem to have taken a real dislike to Ryan and God love him, he is not helping matters. Anyone else think this or am I imagining it?

Chat to you next week when five become four.



Thank you Sarah. If you were lucky enough to watch the show we’d love to hear what you thought of it. We’d also like to hear who your icons of Strictly have been. Tell us by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

DWTS Ireland – A Week 8 review from @ByrneSarahNow

Unless you’ve been hiding under a sparkly rock for the past few weeks, you’ll know we’ve been following the DWTS Ireland series from the comfort of our own home. We may not be able to watch the series from here in the UK due to geoblocking, however our lovely Irish reporter Sarah has been covering the series for us and reporting on the goings on each and every week. Here’s what she thought of this week’s show:

Before we kick off on this week’s show just a little bit of an update on Judge Jules as some of you have been asking …..well he will be back next week.😊 No word yet on how outrageous the jacket will be but with four weeks to make up for I can only imagine, there is also no word on whether Darren will stay on as a four judge?

We are down to the Magnificent Seven which allowed Amanda & Nicky to cram some about of puns in – now I like these two but they are no Claudia and Tess.

Everyone was reunited and it was back to work as we have elimination this week with the dreaded DANCE OFF, I can hardly wait.

First up

Dayl & Ksenia – Contemporary Ballroom – 28

After the high of last weeks perfect score that Dayl got with Valeria, I think Ksenia was on a mission to do a good job this week. They did a lovely number in bare feet, which involved a very tricky Dirty Dancing lift & it suited Dayl so much so that Darren came them a 10.

Teresa & John – Paso -16

This Paso had very little fire & passion & was more like a gentle stroll in the park I’m afraid. It’s a shame as John is so good I feel he is the Anton of DWTS Irl but hopefully next year he will be able to showcase his talents. Teresa had a great time & her two teenage boys in the audience looked absolutely mortified.

Denise & Ryan – Salsa – 27

It was mentioned a time or fifty that that Ryan was UK & British Pro Latin & Show dance Champion & we can see why but a quick question to all you people on the other side of the water – What’s the difference between UK & British?? I thought it was all the same!!! (can anyone enlighten us? – *scratches her head*)

They did a fabulous number with lots of tricks & content & I thought it would score higher.

Des C & Karen – Viennese Waltz – 19

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Not only were they waltzing to the tune of the Marino Waltz by the Dubliners but Karen had surprised Des by having Dubliner John Sheahan show up & preform the tune for them in rehearsals. Everyone was overcome with emotion & Des did a fantastic job.

Katherine & Kai – Charleston – 23

My favourite couple back together again. This was Katherine’s dance, cheeky & flirty but sadly she was concerned about the lifts & if Kai would be able to lift her. Many of you may not know that Katherine took part in Operation Transformation before this show & she lost 13.5lbs on it & has lost a further stone & a half since. She looks amazing & it’s a hard mind set to overcome but Katherine you are doing great & the envy of the female population.

So send some positive feedback her way @katherinelyncho

Aidan & Valeria – Waltz – 22

Poor Aidan after last weeks pounding I was hiding behind the cushion & hoping for the best & it was like Aidan from week 1. I will admit that I did a little clap I was so pleased for him. His waltz was lovely & lyrical.

Aoibhin & Vitali – Paso – 26

Another good performance from Aoibhin but this Paso had a bit of a contemporary feel to it compared to Vitali’s dark & dangerous one which he performed with Katherine. Sadly no hat trick of 10s but still a very good score.

The Leaderboard

So there you have it all seven have dance, voting lines are open & we have the chit chat with the judges and Stars. We also have a very colourful Pro dance and again some live music, this time from the wonderful Roisin O. Kai & Guilia performed a brilliant Argentine Tango to her music.

So who is through to next weeks Icons week – Katherine, Aidan, Dayl & Des Cahill. Which means Teresa, Aoibhin & Denise are in the bottom three.

Three become two with Aoibhin through to next week. It’s an easy decision for the judges who all opt to keep Denise in the competition.

Teresa showed that she is indeed a classy lady and didn’t “storm” off on what was in no way an Unnecessary Journey for her as it allowed us to see a different side to the wind battered reporter who became an internet sensation.


As I mentioned it’s Icons week next week so we will have to wait & see what they have in store for us. Let me know what you thought @byrnesarahnow or @scd_support

Bye for now


Thank you Sarah! If you know the difference between UK and British or watched the show and would like to let us know what you thought of it, you can comment below or tweet @scd_support. If you’re also up to anything Strictlified soon and would like to blog it for us, send us an email to to let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

DWTS Ireland – Week 7 Review by @ByrneSarahNow (Our Irish Reporter)

If you’ve been following our blog over the past few weeks, you’ll know that Ireland now have their very own version of Strictly. We have a Strictly Superfan as our reporter, Sarah who has been letting us know what happened each week. Here’s her review of week 7! 

Hi all, 
Well what a treat we had on Sunday night. It was Switch Up Week and we were spoiled. 
The show kicked off with a fabulous group number where the couples started in their original pairings and then throughout the dance the switch up couples were revealed. It really was a nice touch because unless you watched Can’t Stop Dancing on Friday you may not have known the new pairs which were picked by the judges. Think next year they should let the public vote.
Good news, Bad news – We still have Darren as a judge which means Julian is still sick but Nicky says he is on the mend. you never know we may end up with four judges before the end of the season.
Des C & Ksenia – Samba – 17

Dancing Dessie was back looking a bit like Hugh Hefner. He gave it his all & the judges were very happy with him despite being sick all week.
Denise & John – Viennese Waltz – 26

Here I don’t know who had more pressure on them Denise or John? John had to live up to Ryan’s brilliant choreography & he stepped up like the pro he is. Their V. Waltz was very dark & dramatic & Denise coped very well.

Katherine & Vitali – Paso – 21

Katherine took a step to the dark side with this dance & I’m glad as again it is showing another side to her. She embraced it & looked like she was having fun. Katherine is firmly in the middle of the pack & needs to take a few risks to catch up on the top three.

Dayl & Valeria – Salsa – 30

A lot of emphasis was put on this dance to be hip hop, I might have missed the bit where it was a fusion dance like the Disco Salsa we had a few weeks back but who better than Dayl to pull it off. It was like a show dance & rave all rolled into one. If you remember Dayl has already had two strikes against him from Brian for his Hip Hop antics but Brian declare this a Home run & Dayl & Valeria gets a PERFECT SCORE -30

In here we get live music – yipee – it’s from The Kinks Muscial coming to Dublin next month – Sunny Afternoon.

Aoibhin & Kai – Foxtrot – 28

Aoibhin has become a great dancer & is handling any dance that comes her way. Kai gave her great choreography & it earned her another 10.

Teresa & Ryan – Jive – 18

Based on resent weeks I think the country as a whole feared for poor Teresa when we found out she had Ryan. How would our nervous reporter cope with no filter Ryan? With no trouble at all. Ryan encouraged her more & Teresa seemed to soften his edges. She improved her score but I think she will be happy to have John back next week.

Aidan & Karen – Samba – 15

It is not often that the Kerry & Dublin are on the same side but that’s what we got with this pairing. Karen’s no holds barred approach to liven Aidan up worked to a certain extent. The fun element was there but he again failed to deliver on technique. The judges were very critical & for another week running Karen was in the firing line. Aidan said he would prefer more constructive criticism & offered to take Brian out to a GAA pitch to see how he would fare.


With no eliminations this week all votes are carried over till next week so we had the usual filler time of chatting with the Stars & Judges. We had another colourful Pro dance & we even spotted Strictly’s AJ & Chloe in the audience and I do believe Neil & Katya are coming over soon.  


There was also a hint dropped during the show about a possible Oscars week????
So with everything returning to normal again what will they have in store of us? Oh wait – The Dance Off is coming & they have finally listened to the nation. Happy days.
Bye for now 


On the subject of this review, would you like to see a switch-up week on Strictly 2017? (Where couples are switched around.) Tell us by voting in this poll below:

Thank you once again to Sarah for another fab-u-lous review *grants you a glitterball*

Cassie 🙂 

DWTS Ireland – A Week 6 Review from our Irish reporter @byrnesarahnow

It’s time for us to venture over to the Emerald Isle for our weekly look at what happened in the world of Dancing with the Stars Ireland.

The lovely Sarah Byrne, our Irish Reporter, has written this wonderful piece for you all. Here’s what happened in Week 6 (the Valentine’s Special!)

Last night saw our Stars get their romance on and get in touch with their softer side, but don’t worry there was also some tough love from the judges. We had Darren Bennett again last night as Julian is still unwell, so Get Well soon Julian.

There was so many talking points of the night that it seemed to start with a slow boil only finishing off with a huge explosion. So to start a massive shout out to the wardrobe department for some stunning costumes so far this season including Amanda’s outfit which set the tone for the night.


So hold on to the one you love, it’s going to be a bit emotional…

Teresa & John – Foxtrot – 15

An improvement on last week but still she seems to be in a marching band at times compared to gliding around the floor. John has been doing a great job and even gave the impression that he Lobbed the Gob on Teresa.

Aoibhin & Vitali – Jive – 28

As you can tell from the score  – We got our first 10 from Loraine & it was for dark horse Aoibhin. She said she wanted to have the Craic & that is exactly what she did. Vitali’s choreography has been amazing & so well suited to his partner.

Aidan & Valeria – Tango – 19

No as a member of An Garda Siochana Aidan should be afraid of nothing but he looked terrified of this Tango which seemed to be a combination of traditional & Argentine. It put in a decent performance but he seems to be holding back.

Katherine & Kai – Quickstep – 21

I will admit that I don’t get Katherine’s brand of humour in her shows but this is a different side to her & I really like these two as a couple. A few mistakes but Katherine made herself the envy of the country when she actually did get to steal a kiss from Kai.😍

 Dayl & Ksenia – Foxtrot – 22

A disappointing dance from Dayl who slipped down the leader board but no doubt will be back up around the top next week just needs to work on his consistency.

DesB & Guilia – Paso – 24

Finally Des upped his game, he embraced all the trademarks – tan, chest out, cape work & knee drags. Did a great job was so pleased for him, he was very comfortable & confident.

DesC & Karen – Cha Cha – 12

Now we all love Des but I think the judges have had enough, so if you scare easily skip forward cause this ain’t pretty. Due to the age difference they decided to do a fun Cha Cha & the judges were not impressed. Not only did Des get scolded for messing up & ditching serious Dessie but Karen got well & truly roasted by Loraine for lack of content & always going for the gimmick. So safe to say Des will have a dance loaded with content next week.

Denise & Ryan – American Smooth – 25

The judges were on roll now & forgot that love was in the air. Ryan introduced a balloon to the dance & while the judges felt the risk did pay off it went on a bit too long. Darren wanted more lifts, Brian only spoke about the balloon really which lead Ryan to ask if they had anything to say about the dancing, which Loraine gave him plenty on. Still a good score but Ryan didn’t appear happy.

Lots of ups and downs there but hang on to your hats there is more to come…

Going to put this out early but there was problems with the graphics for voting, just bear that in mind.

Voting opened & Nicky spoke to our Stars who had been on an emotional roller coaster and while that was great and all we all knew that the Pro Dance was coming up and we couldn’t wait. Fifty Shades hit DWTS and it was all kinds of hot 🔥I will put it up on twitter for you all to watch as no words do it justice.


We also got word that next week is Switch Up week, now we haven’t seen this on Strictly but it has been on DWTS USA. The results will be announced on Can’t Stop Dancing on Friday @ 8.30pm RTE ONE. Looking forward to this.

Voting closed and there was tension in the air.

Down to our bottom three Des B & Des C & Denise. Two looked surprised to be there and one not so much. The couple leaving this week is Des B & Guilia.


Nicky you said the wrong Des, come on make it right. No it’s true folks and Twitter went into meltdown as you can imagine and no one was more surprised than Des Cahill since Hughie was when he left. Remember I said there was  problem with the voting graphics, well I’m not saying this is why DesB was voted out but it is defiantly one theory out there.


Well there you have it, while we brace ourselves for the fall out from DESBISXIT it just shows the course of True Love certainly didn’t run smooth last night and there really was a Murder on the Dance-floor.

Any ideas on who you would like to see as new couples for the switch up next week let me know @byrnesarahnow or @scd_support

Take care


DWTS Ireland – Week 5 – A review from our Irish Reporter @byrnesarahnow

It’s time for us to venture over to the Emerald Isle to see what happened on this week’s Dancing With The Stars – Ireland. Our lovely reporter Sarah Byrne has been busy writing a review for us. Here’s what happened in her own words:

Hi all, another fun packed Sunday night has come and gone which means we have lost another Star and we are sadly another Rumba walk closer to the end, but we are not there yet!!!
So the big news out of Sunday nights show was that judge Julian Benson was ill and needed his outrageous jacket filled, always ready to save the day up stepped none other than Darren Bennett. Thankfully for Darren, Julian had the key to his wardrobe tucked away so no jacket watch this week.
Ryan was also sick this week but managed to dance and if reports are to be believed the person giving him a bit of TLC is….Thalia Heffernan. Yip seems a romance is blooming. 

So with nine Stars left lets see how they got on.

Denise & Ryan – Samba – 27
Despite Ryan being sick & Denise trying to train on her own this was another great performance.

Des C. & Karen – Tango -18

Dancing Dessie decided to give the judges a dance with no messing about, & that is what he did. Full of intent & drive Des impressed the judges.

Teresa & John – Disco Salsa – 16

Teresa showed improvement with her Boogie Wonderland Salsa and a bit more confidence but still a good bit to go.

Dayl & Kzenia – Viennese Waltz – 26

Soft & romantic was the flavour of this dance & as in previous weeks Dayl didn’t disappoint. At this stage its a race between Denise & himself to see who gets the first 10.

Katherine & Kai – Foxtrot – 22

West Side Story – Leitrim Style. The ballroom dances allow Katherine to show off her feminine side & she is quietly working away & getting better each week.

Dr Eva & Sean – Cha Cha – 14

We will forget about the dance because honestly whilst she looked like she was having great craic making it up as she went along poor Sean was left thinking “It’s all over now”. Dr Eva looked A-maz-ing & you would hardly recognise her she was having such a great time.

Aoibhin & Vitali – Viennese Waltz – 24

Like last weeks Rumba Aoibhin took a difference approach to her Viennese Waltz with it being very dark & a touch aggressive at times. She was definitely out of her comfort zone stating she prefers the romance.

Des B. & Guilia _ Cha Cha – 24

Another strong performance from Des & like Katherine he is quietly working his way to the top however with such strong competitors ahead of him he may need a stand out dance to propel him there.

Aidan & Valeria – American Smooth – 21

They went for an A.S. Foxtrot and I think Aidan was back to what he likes best – in hold & covered up. He was good with the lifts but will be better with the next ones as he learns to trust himself.

Now a bit of a confession to make here on my behalf. Not only were Ryan & Julian sick but I think half the country was struck down with something similar to the dreaded “Man Flu” including yours truly. Add to this this I had visitors, I know, why were they not watching I hear you ask. All this meant that I had to PAUSE the telly so as not to miss any of the important bits but on the plus side I was able to fast forward all the ad breaks. Yeah!!

Anyway I missed voting as the lines had closed by the time I had caught up but I was in time for the results. With all the other couples saved we were down to the bottom three – 

Dr. Eva, Des B & Katherine

This week we say goodbye to Dr Eva & Sean and while she didn’t look surprised, she seemed very disappointed. 

This might also be the kick Des B & Katherine need to bring it for next weeks Valentines Special.   
Hopefully will be back to normal next week to enjoy the romance, until then let me know what you think as I love hearing others points of view by tweeting @byrnesarahnow or @scd_support
Take care 


DWTS Ireland – Movie Week – A Review by @byrnesarahnow

If you’ve been reading our blog recently, you may know we’ve been following Dancing with the Stars Ireland and have our very own Irish reporter, Sarah! This week was Movie Week. Here’s her 5 * review of what happened on this week’s show. *Grabs a load of popcorn to nibble on whilst reading this blog*

It was all about the Movies this week and we had the popcorn ready for dances that were sure to have some drama, comedy and sadly some horror.

Before we move on Julian didn’t appear to have calmed down the jacket styles which really are in a league of their own.

So sit back and enjoy the show…Lights, Camera, Action… 💡📽🎞

Aidan & Valeria – Paso – 16

Indiana Jones

Things didn’t go well for Aidan, he seemed to have the aggression bit down but lacked the finesse of the Paso & was a bit of a march around the floor. Still a great effort & the abs were on show. 

Teresa & John – Quickstep – 12

9 to 5

God love Teresa she really gave it her all. She is definitely not the best dancer but lord she is having a great time & enjoying every minute. Fair play to her & as I have said before us Irish Mammies love her.

Katherine & Kai – Samba – 16

Mama Mia

Well Katherine had a great time & looked fabulous doing it. Judges said it lacked bounce but I feel she really sold the performance.

Denise & Ryan – Rumba – 26

Lord of the Rings 

Ryan put a Ryan spin on this Rumba & it seemed to have some Paso elements in it & was very dramatic & fiery. Really good Rumba, Denise seems to be very consistent & should make the Final. That’s it I said the F word already.😊

Dayl & Kzenia – Jive – 27


Dayl ditched the Hip Hop & got 3 #9 paddles for his troubles. Highest score so far, well done.

Dr Eva & Sean – American Smooth – 12

Mary Poppins 

Again Dr Eva wouldn’t be the best dancer & like Teresa the judges were especially harsh. Hopefully she can have a better week next week.

Des C. & Karen – Salsa – 14

Austin Powers 

Well…this just made you wonder what you had just watched. Des went out & didn’t seem to have a care in the world & danced like no one was watching. He really looked the part & was all over social media with the people of Ireland calling him “a National Treasure”. All anyone could talk about was “the dessie swim”

Aoibin & Vitali – Rumba – 26


A gorgeous song to dance the Rumba to & she totally sold it. So different from Denise’s but equally as good.

Thalia & Curtis – Jive – 20


My lads loved these two, the costumes were brilliant & lots of bananas which were in some strange places at times. Thalia is very tall & while her long legs suited last weeks Rumba they didn’t work so well this week. Taking over the lead role from Despicable Me, Brian was quick to point out her faults.

Des B. & Guilia – Comtempary Ballroom – 23

James Bond

Before you say what the heck dance is’s the first time this dance has been used in any format to we were all new to it. It is a blend of ballroom & ballet elements & Guilia danced in her bare feet while Des was in shoes. Not sure how Len or even Ian Waite would take that, I was afraid for her toes at some points but the had some great lifts in it & I’m looking forward to seeing others do this dance

So voting lines opened & Nicky talked to everyone but the thing I think we learned from this weeks show is the honeymoon is over and the judges but Brian in particular and decided its time for the Stars to shape up because he has no problems in giving low scores (3s) to help ship them home.
Whilst waiting for the results we were treated to a terrific Pro dance to an Irish cult classic “The Commitments”. It was brilliant & I had to watch it again when the show was over. 
Voting is closed & the results are in…scary bit, hides behind the cushion
Couples are saved & when Dr Eva’s name comes out the nation lets out a collective “What the….” Well we didn’t see that coming. 
We are down to our bottom three Teresa, Thalia & Dayl. Didn’t see that coming either.
And our next Star to go is Thalia & Curtis. Sadly the dance didn’t suit her and although she was in the top half of the leader board she didn’t seem to have the public vote.
That’s a wrap & have to say I’m really enjoying this show and maybe its because I love all these Strictly spin offs but whilst it is getting the country talking about something other than doom and gloom it has some haters. Like this review which is only my less than eloquent opinion they have theirs but on the bright side they are still watching and talking about the show so hopefully will boost ratings and get the show renewed – WIN WIN.

What did you think of Movie Week – let me know @byrnesarahnow or tweet @scd_support.

DWTS Ireland – Week 3 – A review by @byrnesarahnow

Those of you who follow our blog will know, every week we’re following Dancing With Stars Ireland and have our very own reporter, the lovely Sarah, who is bringing us the news week by week! Here’s what happened on Sunday’s show in her own words:

1st Elimination

Well folks, Week 3 arrived and brought with it a whole host of surprises. Julian’s jackets seem to be becoming more elaborate with each week and doesn’t seem to be calming down. May need to have a special section just for him.


As everyone was dancing tonight we were able to get stuck in to all and it seemed like some of the boys underperformed compared to their last outing and the girls got stronger.

Katherine & Kai – Cha Cha – 18

*was like an Irish Madonna seducing a younger man and she did it well*

Dayl & Kzenia – Tango – 19

*Dayl has been given 2 strikes against him from Brian for including Hip Hop in his dancing who seems to be getting into his stride and channelling Craig**

Aidan & Valeria – Quickstep – 16

*Seem to really lose his way this week & has since announced his retirement from County football – maybe to concentrate on dancing who knows.*

Dr Eva & Sean – Foxtrot – 18

* She seemed to take this dance serious and it showed as her scores improved*

Des B. & Giuila – Salsa – 21

*Des went to Club Tropicana as let it all go – he really looked like he was enjoying himself and his confidence is growing*

Hughie & Emily – Waltz – 17

*Hughie 2.0 took to the floor and looked like a completely different person and while the score wasn’t great it was still an improvement*

Teresa & John – Cha Cha – 15

*Teresa is a Breast Cancer warrior and danced to Stronger by Kelly Clarkson and it had more of a story than the dance delivered sadly. The dance wasn’t great but she did it for survivors everywhere so well done**

Thalia & Curtis – Rumba – 21

*Thalia was a bit upset by last weeks scores and set out to redeem herself and that’s what she did. Her long legs were made for the Rumba.*

++Is this the earliest we have seen a Rumba? I cant remember, please everyone let me know++

Denise & Ryan – Tango – 26

*Biggest surprise of the night. Described as a Master class  of a Tango, Ryan looked especially pleased with himself. This danced earned not 1 but 2 #9 paddles with Brian giving an 8*

Des C. & Karen – Paso – 18

*Well if Denise gave a Master class of a Tango, Des gave us a demonstration in not only dad dancing but determination and enjoyment. He gave it socks and received a standing ovation worthy of the final for his efforts*

Aoibhin & Vitali – Quickstep – 22

*Last out and showed no sign of nerves, she put in a really good performance**

So there you have it all 11 have danced, voting lines were opened and we had the customary ad breaks and chats to everyone. We were treated to a lovely light-hearted colourful Pro dance which centred around picture frames.

Next up it was the elimination  – panic stations – all couples were on the floor and I felt this bit was a bit rushed. All saved couples were announced and we were left with three.

Thalia, Dr Eva & Hughie – I though sure it would be Dr Eva (she wouldn’t be the most popular person) but huge surprise it was Hughie and no one was more surprised than he was, poor fella he looked devastated.


That’s all for this week, let me know what you thought.