DANCING With The Stars is back on our TV screens tonight after it was scrapped last year due to Covid-19.
The popular dance performance may have returned, but two dancers have gone missing after testing positive for the virus – Professionals Emily Barker and Matthew MacNabb of Love Island.
Only six of the 12 dance couples hit the floor last night, with the remaining six set to perform next Sunday – and real life boy Matthew is expected to grace our screens after that.
RTE allowed “a small number of close family and friends” into the studio for its first live performance and among them was pop star Ronan Keating, who was spotted wearing a black mask after arriving. Dublin to cheer his daughter Missy with Storm’s wife.
First to take the stage for the new series were comedian Neil Delamere and his professional partner Kylee Vincent, as they scored 17 points for Paso Doble performing The Darkness’ hit I Believe In A Thing Called Love.
Wearing a matador outfit, the Co Offaly man joked that he was dressed “just like Elton John at an Orange Order parade”.
Judge Loraine Barry said: “We’ve been waiting for the first dance and it’s been a strong number.
“You come out and punch it with a lot of power and power. Maybe there was a bit of bouncing a bit too much and we wanted a more stealthy dance.”
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Judge Arthur Gourounlian – a newcomer to the panel – said: “There is passion and intensity. Perhaps too much intensity for a Paso Doble? “
Brian Redmond got the audience booed on his first show back, when he said: “Didn’t see any dancing gods around. I wanted more stillness and control and the final jump wasn’t that high. It didn’t set alarms at Dublin airport. ”
Producers have been trying to lure younger audiences to the popular RTE show and last night saw the youngest couple ever perform on DWTS.
Missy, 19, was flung into the air while performing the Supremes’ classic American Smooth to Sixties Baby Love with 20-year-old dancer Ervinas Merfeldas.
Arthur congratulates Missy on the dance and the “chemistry” between her and co-star Ervinas.
Loraine said: “Both of them show the playfulness that the song brings. Really brave to take the elevator the first week. Sparkling.”
Brian couldn’t resist digging and said the pair were “like awkward teenagers at a disco” and gave the pair a harsh four.
But better scores from Loraine and Arthur saw Missy finish with a total of 16, putting them in third place.
Cyclist Nicolas Roche was next on the floor with partner Karen Byrne as they jived in The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights.
Loraine congratulated them on a “tough dance”, adding: “Once you get the hang of the rhythm, you get the hang of it.”
But Arthur added: “I was expecting a little more from someone who is very healthy.”
And Brian accused the former Tour de France driver – who scored 11 points in total – of being “out of sync”, adding that he has “a lot of technical work to do to try to improve the jump”. there”.
Author Cathy Kelly and professional dancer Maurizio Benenato then scored 14 points for their Cha Cha Cha for Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know? “You’ve got a lot of sexy and sassy,” Loraine said.
Arthur – husband of former DWTS contestant Brian Dowling – added: “We all felt silly. . . with a few wobbly moments, but I love it. ”
Brian said: “I really love your character and personality, you just have to work on the technique.”
Thursday last night was jockey Nina Carberry and pro Pasquale La Rocca The leader of the table took the lead with 19 points thanks to an impressively quick move for KT Tunstall to hit Black Horse And The Cherry Tree.
Arthur and Loraine agree that Nina is the “black horse,” while Brian says, “Gifty girl, great form, great posture.”
At the end of the night, it was the turn of TV presenter Grainne Seoige, who slipped slightly while dancing the waltz with dance partner John Nolan.
Arthur said: “You are a true professional, you go on and smile.”
Loraine thinks Grainne – who scored 14 points – has “got it,” while Brian added: “There’s a softness, strength and emotion inside of you but you need to show it.”
The show opened with hosts Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne locked out of the set, before saint hoofer Father Ray Kelly – who appeared on the 2020 season of DWTS – arrived to deliver a miracle by how to give the keys.
At the start of the show, a selection of professional dancers performed a piece on Clean Bandit’s Symphony.
After the dances, the winners of 2020 Lottie Ryan is back sensational, said she was “delighted to be back” with her former dance partner Pasquale to perform their Dora the Explorer-inspired salsa, a huge hit for the pair in the show’s final season. .
Votes from last night’s DWTS opening show and next Sunday’s show will count towards Tuesday’s show – which will be the first night that one of the famous dancers will be eliminated.
https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/8180075/dwts-returns-hiatus-emily-barker-matthew-mcnabb-covid/ DWTS returns to screen after hiatus while Emily Barker and Matthew McNabb are missing due to Covid