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One a day Live

Praise for Johnny Ward who took to DWTS floor one day after father's death

People have been full of praise for Dancing With The Stars contestant Johnny Ward, who performed an emotional number just one day after his father, John, had passed away.

Ward and partner Emily Barker danced a samba and he dedicated the performance to his late father.

Ward announced on Twitter that his father was "now Pain free" on Saturday, thanking the public for their support.

The Love/Hate star revealed that his father wanted him to compete in Sunday night's show telling the actor "do it for me".

Host Jennifer Maguire told Ward he was incredibly brave for competing and that his father would have been "so proud".

"It's been a very difficult week," the actor told Nicky Byrne after his performance.

"While I have this opportunity I want to say a big thank you to everyone - all the nurses and doctors - in Tallaght Hospital as well as all the people in Harold's Cross Hospice who tried their very best to keep my father alive.

Johnny Ward and Emily Barker dancing during show. Picture: kobpix

Ward also paid tribute to his partner Emily thanking her for her support.

"On Wednesday we had a difficult decision to make. I was in the rehearsal room and I kept saying to Emily, 'what's the point of even doing this?'

"As much as I enjoy competing in the competition it comes second and family comes first.

Ward said that he went to hospice and his father told him: "Please stay in there, in this competition and do it for me.

"It's a very difficult thing to do, but we did it for him and I'm so happy."

As the judges paid their condolences, head judge Brian Redmond told Ward he didn't have to dance but that his father would have been proud.

"The bravery that you showed to come out and perform tonight is - as a father myself and as a son myself - is something that I know that your father would be really really proud of," he said.

The judges scored Ward and Barker a total of 28 with Brian Redmond and Loraine Barry giving a nine and Julian Benson marking the dance "a deserving" 10.

The watching public were quick to praise Johnny for taking to the dancefloor after such a difficult week.

On the night, former Dublin footballer Denis Bastick was voted off the show, after competing in the dance-off against Fair City's Clelia Murphy.