Marty Morrissey and dance partner Ksenia took on the cha-cha-cha in a
routine that finished with the broadcaster displaying a cape declaring ‘Marty, Godfather of Dance’ and blowing kisses to the audience.
However, the judging panel was quickly giving it the ‘nah, nah, nah’. Loraine Barry referred to “musical statues”, and fellow judge Brian Redmond was equally cutting, with only Julian Benson giving points for entertainment value. It meant a lowly score of eight for the Clare man, who still left the stage to chants of “Marty! Marty!”.
The night had started with actor and comedian Deirdre O’Kane and her dance partner John, dancing to Roy Orbison’s ‘I Drove All Night’. They seemed to find the right gear, the judges awarding them 19 points for their efforts.
Better again was former Ireland scrum-half Tomás O’Leary, who with dance partner Giulia scored a handy 22 points from the panel for their jive. Tomás elicited praise, from returning judge Julian Benson in particular, for the manner in which the routine finished up with a waggle of his posterior.
The duo was outdone by the night’s star performers, however. Alannah Byrne and partner Vitali scored 26 points for their Charleston, with Allanah finishing the routine upside down and Redmond declaring the performance of a similar calibre to those seen in last year’s final.
It left them on top of the overall leaderboard.
Maia Dunphy and her dance partner Robert didn’t fare quite so well, bagging 16 points amid talk of needing to improve their “postural circle”, while comedian Bernard O’Shea and partner Valeria bounced back from the previous week’s critically panned effort by scoring 17 points, soundtracked by the Sister Sledge classic ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’.
Anna Geary and partner Kai went one point better thanks to their take on the samba, while Norah Casey and dance partner Curtis scored 17 points from the judges for their paso doble routine.
Jake Carter and partner Karen scored 21 for their quickstep, while Rob Heffernan and Emily somehow married the tango and the Proclaimers’ ‘500 Miles’, to register 18 points.
The Olympic medallist confessed he’d missed his daughter Megan’s birthday during the week, to make rehearsals.
Following Marty and Ksenia’s poorly-received effort, which left them bottom of the overall rankings, it was left to Erin McGregor and dance partner Ryan to wrap up the night’s contest on the floor, bagging a respectable 22 points for their Viennese waltz.
With previous scores from the judges and the public vote being carried over and bundled with last night’s score, it still meant the identity of the show’s first elimination of the season was in doubt until the very end.
With the public vote in, it left Norah, Rob, and Marty as the last three contestants anxiously awaiting the outcome. In the end, Norah was gone, a decision that sparked some boos in the audience and a great deal of sympathy from her fellow contestants.
For Marty and Co, however, the show goes on. The season is yet young.