Singer Erica Cody has said winning RTÉ’s Dancing With the Stars would be the icing on the cake of an “amazing” experience.
The 25-year-old, from Baldoyle, Dublin, is one of four finalists to compete with her professional dance partner Denys Samson to win the Glitterball trophy.
She said she was “very excited” for this Sunday’s final and said she will be dancing the Charleston again as part of the jury’s selection.
“I’m very excited, I think we’ve worked so hard that when you get to the final you can almost breathe easy,” she said.
“Because every week is a struggle and you don’t know what’s going to happen or who’s going to go home, so to make it to the end is such a huge achievement for me. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, if you had told me weeks ago that I would be in the final I really wouldn’t have believed you.”
The R&B artist said the support she’s received from the public has been “amazing” as she felt like an outsider in the competition.
“I can’t believe how much support we’ve had from the public because I came into it really thinking I’m a bit of an outsider since as an R&B singer I’m not as well known as some of the other celebs,” she said .
“I thought I’d just take it and see how it goes, so knowing that there are actually people picking up the phone and voting for me every week is huge, you can’t really imagine. ”
She said this season of Dancing with the Stars has been “magical” and winning the finale would be the “cherry on top”.
“To make it to the end is a huge achievement in itself because it’s both a popularity contest and a dance contest, so to have that support is tremendous. I think especially this year the level of the final is really high,” she said.
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“I always felt like there was something magical about this season, I don’t know if it’s because it hasn’t aired for the last two years and people are really into it this year, but I think there’s something really special about those last four.”
She said herself and Ukrainian dance partner Denys are a “match made in heaven” and have formed a great friendship.
“Me and Denys have definitely been hit by a lot of curveballs and a lot of challenges and I know if he made it this far it would definitely mean winning the world for him,” she said.
“And I’ve seen the struggles he’s had to go through and he’s seen the struggles I’ve had to go through, we’ve really grown together as a team and I think it’s about him as much as it’s about me.
“We’ve been through a really heck of a lot together so look to be in the finals. I’m just extremely excited to be here and super excited and like I said if I won it would be the ultimate cherry on top – I just want to enjoy my last dance with Denys.”
She said Denys has been “really struggling” to be in Ireland and away from his family with everything that has been going on in Ukraine over the past four weeks.
“He’s really struggling with being here and being completely helpless, anyone watching a war unfold is not a very nice thing to witness, never mind that it’s your own home country and your family back home is and there is nothing you can do about it.”
“I’m just trying to keep his spirits up and it’s been really tough for him, but he’s been able to show up every day and do what he’s doing.”
The singer said she’s “so glad” she agreed to be a part of the “beast of a show.”
“I’m really lucky that I got to be a part of something so special and I feel like I’ve grown a hell of a lot as a person and as a woman,” she said.
“I jumped in at the deep end – to do something new. It’s an experience I’ll never forget, and I’m like, thank God I said yes to it and didn’t self-sabotage.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/i-feel-ive-grown-a-hell-of-a-lot-as-a-woman-singer-erica-cody-on-making-it-to-the-final-of-dwts-41487168.html “I feel like I’ve grown a hell of a lot as a woman” – singer Erica Cody on reaching the finals of DWTS