Cork crew step it up for Dancing With The Stars

Cork crew step it up for Dancing With The Stars
Olympic Athlete Robert Heffernan and Emily Barker during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.

The Cork contingent helped get Dancing With The Stars off to a high-energy start on RTÉ last night.

Rob Heffernan and Tomás O’Leary both had individual dances while Anna Geary, one of the favourites to win, was part of a group dance with the other ladies but will have to wait until next week for a solo performance.

Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.

The male celebrities were in the spotlight last night and athletics star Rob got proceedings off to a flying start.

He chose to begin his dancing career with a jive, dancing with his partner to the One Direction version of One Way or Another.

Tomás O'Leary wowed viewers by dancing the foxtrot to John Legend's All Of Me and both men impressed the judges, being awarded 17 points each.

They were only beaten by Jake Carter, brother of Nathan, who was awarded 19 points for his salsa.

RTÉ favourite Marty Morrissey earned 12 points from the judges for his quickstep, while Bridget and Eamon star Bernard O'Shea had to settle for 10 points.

Former Rugby Player Tomás O’Leary and Giulia Dotta during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
Former Rugby Player Tomás O’Leary and Giulia Dotta during the opening show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.

The show started with a high-octane group dance, with all 11 contestants and their partners showing off their moves.

Midway through the men’s performances, the women took to the dancefloor for a second group number and next week will be in the spotlight with individual dances.

Tomás had said before the show that he was ‘massively excited but pretty nervous too’ but he won plenty of praise from the judges for his first attempt.

Judge Darren Bennett said his was "the most self-assured and confident performance" of the night.

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