Six couples entered the first show in the new series of Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One on Sunday evening.
Neil Delamere, Missy Keating, Nicolas Roche, Cathy Kelly, Nina Carberry and Gráinne Seoige spun under the glitter ball, while Erica Cody, Aengus Mac Grianna, Matthew Mac Nabb, Ellen Keane and Jordan Conroy will appear on the show two next Sunday night.
To kick off the show, a selection of the pro dancers performed a routine to Clean Bandits Symphony.
Hosts Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne were back at the helm, and tonight was the first show for new Judge Arthur Gourounlian, who joined the panel alongside returning Judges Loraine Barry and Brian Redmond.
Neil Delamere and his partner Kylee Vincent did a fantastic job of lighting the lights
The first to take the stage for the new series were comedian Neil Delamere and his professional partner Kylee Vincent. The couple hit through with a Paso Doble to the music of I Believe in the Thing Called Love by The Darkness.
Loraine said, “You, me and the whole nation have been waiting for the first dance in season five of Dancing with the Stars, and what a strong number you have. There is a lot of power and a lot of power here. First dance out, at the beginning of the season I’m very impressed “
Brian said, “It wouldn’t be the first week without you booing me … The intensity is great, it just has to be a little quieter, a little more relaxed.”
Judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Arthur Gourounlian
Neil and Kylee received a total of 17 points from the judges.
Next up was Missy Keating and her partner Ervinas Merfeldas, who danced an American Smooth to Baby Love by The Supremes.
Arthur said, “Oh my god, that was so cute, I really enjoyed that. I can say there is a little chemistry going on, you’re like the high school sweetheart. As a refugee, I never went to prom, so that was my prom. “
Brian said, “Taking the elevators the first week is a real challenge and you have mastered all of the elevators independently. Try to make it a little better.”
Missy and Ervinas received 16 points from the judges.
Nicolas Roche and partner, former DWTS champion, Karen Byrne
The third couple to take to the stage were professional cyclist Nicolas Roche and his partner, former DWTS champion Karen Byrne, who danced a jive to The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights.
Loraine said, “To get jive, it’s a hard dance, but it’s also a great dance. It just took a little more foot pressure – go on with Karen and go on with the music – back to the floorboards on Monday. . “
Brian said, “When you’re on the bike by yourself you can pedal at your own pace, when you’re on a tandem, when you’re out of sync you get nowhere to try this dance.” improve.”
Nicolas and Karen received 11 points from the judges.
Next came the writer Cathy Kelly and the professional dancer Maurizio Benenato, who performed the Cha Cha Cha on Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know? danced.
Arthur said, “We all felt the ass in the room, honestly, that was brilliant. I have a new title for your book ‘The Girl in the Pink Dress’, welcome to your new chapter.”
Brian said, “I loved your character – your characterization – you already got all of this going.”
Cathy and Maurizio received 14 points from the judges.
Nina Carberry and partner Pasquale La Rocca
Couple five tonight was Nina Carberry and partner Pasquale La Rocca, who danced the quickstep to KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.
Loraine said, “Here’s something, I can’t quite say just yet … I agree with Arthur – I think you are the dark horse.”
Arthur said, “Oh Nina, you are definitely the dark horse of the night, that was beautiful. You said you weren’t girly? I totally disagree. The only thing I’m going to say is work on your upper body … relax more, have fun! “
Nina and Pasquale scored 19 points.
Missy Keating and her partner Ervinas Merfeldas
And finally it was the turn of the TV presenter Gráinne Seoige with her partner John Nolan, who danced a waltz to With You I’m Born Again by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright.
Arthur said, “It reminded me of a scene from an old French movie – think Grace Kelly. I can say you really liked it – you could be my femme fatale. “
Grainne Seoige and John Nolan
Dance partner John Nolan said, “I couldn’t be more proud of Grainne.”
Gráinne and John received 14 points from the judges.
The crowd awaited a surprise when reigning Dancing with the Stars winner Lottie Ryan made a sensational comeback with former dance partner Pasquale La Rocca to perform her Dora the Explorer-inspired salsa, which was a huge hit for the pair of last season Broadcast.
Before taking the stage, Lottie said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to perform with Pasquale again. It’s a great honor to have the opportunity to return to the ballroom – I didn’t have to be asked twice. Dora was one.” of our favorite routines, albeit the toughest. I’m so, so grateful that I can be back. “
Viewers were also treated to a contemporary pro dance from the Stephen and Kylee Vincent couple to Dermot Kennedy’s Better Days.
Voices from Show 1 and Show 2 of Dancing with the Stars will be carried over to Show 3, the first show to have one of the dancers eliminated.