Irish rugby union player Jordan Conroy has said his mum has been his “lucky charm” throughout his time on RTÉ’s Dancing With the Stars.
The 28-year-old will try his luck in the final tonight with his professional dance partner Salome Chachua.
Conroy said his mother Jennie was by his side every step of the way and will be attending the finals with four of his childhood friends.
“Mum’s been on since show one and she’s been kind of a good luck charm and then I’m bringing four close friends who I grew up with when I first came to Ireland,” he said.
“They voted behind the scenes literally every week, so I think it’s only fair that they get to the finals because they’ve been there from day one.”
The Tullamore native confirmed he’s still “very single” and joked his love life has been on hold while he juggles DWTS and plays rugby.
“Honestly I’m very single, between rugby and dancing it’s literally taken over my whole life,” he said.
“And to be honest I don’t even have the energy to date right now because it’s just too much. As a man I’m really bad at multitasking – I can barely dance and rugby so when that’s over I’ll go straight back to rugby and love life can wait – I’m just too broken.”
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Conroy said he and dance partner Salome visited his Tullamore home last week to thank the local community for their support.
“We went to Tullamore just to say thank you to everyone from back home because my mom and aunt let me know that so many people come up to them and say they’re voting for me,” he said.
“In my head I was just like ‘ah just a few people who know me will be there’ but it was a huge turnout, I was blown away by the amount of people that came.
“What was really wholesome was the little kids that would show up and have little signs and say they dance when I dance and it was just those little things that made it feel so wholesome and really good. “
Conroy said he was “very grateful” he had the opportunity to attend Dancing With the Stars and will “cherish” his last dance.
“Whatever happens on Sunday happens, I’m just glad I get to dance with Salome here every week. We have to put on a show and meet all these nice people, so at the end of the day if we won it’s just icing on the cake,” he said.
“The whole experience itself is the real winner for me. Whatever happens happens but I’m just glad I got to the end and I get to do one more dance with Salome and I’m just going to have fun and enjoy and cherish the moment.”
He added that he would love to be a part of another reality show like Ultimate Hell Week.
“I would definitely be up for ‘I’m a star… Get me out of here!’ or even a cooking show to show off my cooking skills and hopefully find a woman from it, but yeah it’s just that I’m so busy with rugby it’s hard to accommodate, it has to be a summer job,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/the-love-life-can-wait-im-just-too-wrecked-jokes-jordan-conroy-ahead-of-dwts-finale-41492474.html “Love life can wait, I’m just too broken” – jokes Jordan Conroy before the DWTS finale