Love Island’s Matthew MacNabb and his dance partner Laura Nolan have been picked out of the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars after their lackluster samba failed to impress the judges and viewers.
acNabb said: “It’s been an absolute rollercoaster ride… I’ve grown as a person. Thank you all. Laura is so talented, she’s incredible at what she does.”
Returning the praise, Nolan said the fact that MacNabb danced live on the show as “someone who has never performed before” was impressive.
In a shock public vote, singer Erica Cody and her professional dance partner Denys Samson ended up dancing off with MacNabb and Nolan.
Cody and Samson had put on a lively jive, but it failed to convince viewers. The couple was placed in the bottom two.
Now they will fight to compete with dancers who have reached higher places on the leaderboard.
It’s looking increasingly likely that former jockey Nina Carberry could claim the crown in next week’s grand final.
Carberry performed an incredible pasa doble, a routine that was possibly one of the best dances ever seen on the show, and as a result, she scored a full house of 30 points.
Host Nicky Byrne announced that the performance was the highest-scoring Paso in five series DWTS. “It’s never happened before,” Byrne said.
“I can’t believe it,” Carberry said.
“Rachael Blackmore isn’t the only jockey celebrating this weekend,” said judge Brian Redmond.
One of the most impressive parts of the routine was Carberry’s backward fall, a daring move that she relied on dance partner Pasquale La Rocca to complete.
“I was just hoping Pasquale would catch me, and he did,” she said.
The judges were convinced that Carberry is the dancer to beat and that she deserves a spot in next week’s grand finals.
Rugby player Jordon Conroy performed an American Smooth with his dance partner Salome Chachua.
Conroy said he was the “dancing king” as he had danced to the death more than anyone else.
However, the judges commented on how much he had grown and matured as a dancer this week.
And Conroy even said that a three-minute dance marathon performed by all participants was even more intense than rugby practice.
The athlete said he felt his peers would now see how far he had come.
Ellen Keane and her pro dancer Stephen Vincent performed the Charleston and the gold Paralympian even managed to break the worm dance into a routine.
The pair gained a maximum of 30 points, Keane’s first of the season and a week after she landed in the dreaded dance-off.
“I’m over the moon but I would still go out and do the worm again,” said the swimmer. “It’s better than winning gold.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/matthew-macnabb-voted-off-dancing-with-the-stars-after-lacklustre-samba-41468669.html Matthew MacNabb voted out Dancing with the Stars after lackluster samba