Despite comedian Des Bishop scooping his best score yet from the judges, the public are voting in their droves to save RTE journalists Teresa Mannion and Des Cahill who live for another two weeks on Dancing With The Stars.
It was a case of sour grapes from the Irish American who blamed parochial and multiple voting and the fact that he had a foreign dance partner for him getting kicked off ahead of the two performers who are continually at the bottom of the leader board.
Teresa said it was all beginning to get a little bit raw as they enter week seven of the dance competition which is drawing regular viewership figures in excess of 600,000 per night.
There was a backlash against the Galway reporter and the sports pundit on Twitter, who bemoaned the lack of a dance-off to save contestants with the most obvious talent.
“There will be more shocks, more outrage and I have to start preparing myself for more people slagging me off. Mainly I get this warmth. I think people know I’m really vulnerable, that I’m putting myself out there and they’re the ones saving me. I’m under no illusion that it’s about my dancing,” she reflected this week.
“I don’t know why people didn’t vote for Des [Bishop] but like it or lump it is about personality as well as dancing. If it was just about brilliant dancers it wouldn’t be such a smash hit.
“He’s saying he didn’t have a tribe to vote for him but his show is being repeated on TV; he’s using the dancing in his live shows around the country where he talks about the contestants, he said I was dancing to my own weather report so it’s swings and roundabouts.”
She is still proud about her foxtrot last week – described as her best performance yet by the judges – even though it only secured five points each from them.
“I definitely am improving. My last two dances reflected that. I don’t think the judges are cutting John [Nolan] and I any slack,” she reflects.
For the next show she swaps partners for a jive to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard and while the public can vote, all dancers will be saved from elimination. The votes will be carried through until week eight.
“It’s very fast. I’m really worried about it. I’ve never even jived at a wedding,” she sighed.
The public vote counts for half of the result with the judges’ points making up the other half.
“I’m so grateful the public are connecting with me. I’m getting such a hugely positive reaction each week.”
The series continues on RTE One tonight at 6.30pm.