Glenroe is back on the telly on Sunday nights — but not as we know it.
Christened ‘Team GlenRo’, TV presenter Glenda Gilson and dance partner Robert Rowinski were first to take to the Dancing With The Stars dance floor to kick off the ladies’ performances before the judges with a challenging cha-cha.
Meanwhile, Lottie Ryan’s power-packed jive dazzled viewers even more than judge Julian Benson’s glitter-tastic outfit.
Team GlenRo played to their strengths — Glenda’s long legs, according to all the judges — and despite some nerves-related timing issues in the early stages, Glenda finished with a cartwheel — in heels.
The judges gave them 17 out of 30, with suggestions that Glenda, in true Glenroe style, find a more earthy performance next week.
From the catwalk to the dancefloor, model and former Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh and her dance partner, Kai Widdrington, danced the tango, impressing judges Brian Redmond and Julian Benson with her frame.
They all urged her to dig deep and find her inner actress, giving the couple 18.
However, social media reacted angrily to Nicky Byrne’s jibe at her in the after-dance interview.
“It’s not the first time you’ve been tangoed,” he joked, as they flashed a paparazzi-style photograph of her, fake-tanned up to her eyeballs after a modelling shoot.
B*Witched pop star Sinead O’Carroll and her partner, Ryan McShane, wowed with their American smooth, moving around the floor with ease and elegance, and with a nice shoulder shrug towards the end.
Giving the couple 21 out of 30, the judges described Sinead, who hit the limelight with the girl group in 1997, as a star in the making.
Nursing bruised ribs, Love Island star Yewande Biala braved the pain and danced a summer salsa, enduring three challenging lifts above the head of her partner, Stephen Vincent.
The judges praised her bravery and courage for taking to the floor while injured, and gave them 16.
National treasure Mary Kennedy, recently retired as presenter of Nationwide, and her partner John Nolan danced the foxtrot to Mary Black’s ‘No Frontiers’.
Julian gushed about her timeless elegance, and Lorraine described her dance as anything but a retirement performance, but Brian brought things back to earth with a crash, lamenting the lack of rise and fall in her performance, describing it as “flat”, and giving her just a three. The couple scored 13.
2FM presenter Lottie Ryan, the bookies’ favourite, stepped out from behind her microphone with partner Pasquale La Rocca to blow the audience away with an energy-charged jive.
A trained dancer who studied at New York’s Broadway Dance Centre and who taught dance classes in Dublin for several years, Lottie drew a standing ovation, before the judges said she has the potential to go a long way in the competition.
Lorraine urged her to work on foot technique, and Brian said she needed a bit more bounce, but summed it up by saying: “Lottie you little legend.”
They gave the couple 20.
The public votes from the gents’ show last week, and tonight’s ladies’ show, will be carried forward, along with the judges’ votes to next week’s live show, when the first elimination will be announced.