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Thursday 14 November 2019

Clelia has made 'friends for life' as she waltzes off

Vitali Kozmin and Clelia Murphy
Vitali Kozmin and Clelia Murphy

Clelia Murphy revealed she has made friends for life after becoming the seventh celebrity to be voted off Dancing With The Stars last night.

She went head-to-head with comedian Fred Cooke in the dance-off, but the judges made the final decision to end Clelia's time in the competition.

"It's been an absolutely fantastic experience. If anyone gets asked to do it, do it," she said.

"These are friends for life. It's a wonderful thing to be part of."

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It was Eurovision week on the show, and Johnny Logan opened the night with his contest-winning number Hold Me Now, setting the tone for the remainder of the show as the stars stepped out with Eurovision-themed dances.

Other song contest stars in the audience included 1993 winner Niamh Kavanagh and presenter Marty Whelan.

Viewers also got to hear this year's entry with Sarah McTernan singing 22.

The show-stopping moment of the night came from Love/Hate star Johnny Ward as he scored the maximum three 10s for a contemporary ballroom routine to Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst's Rise Like A Phoenix.

He was applauded for his athleticism by judge Julian Benson, who said it was "box office gold".

"You not only rose like a phoenix, you soared like the superstar dancer you are," he said.

Meanwhile, there was nothing wooden about country singer Cliona Hagan when she became a Puppet On A String for her Charleston with partner Robert Rowinski.

However, she split the judges' opinions.

"Great characterisation throughout" was the verdict from Brian Redmond, and he added that the dance had been good but not great.

Judge Loraine Barry agreed, but Julian said the country star (30) had "sold it" to him, saying she had the "best swivels" he had seen all series. She notched up a total of 25 points.

Broadcaster Mairead Ronan lifted the room as she danced a "fierce, euphoric" paso doble to 2012 Swedish winner Euphoria.

A self-proclaimed Eurovision superfan, Mairead impressed the judges with her energy and clinched three nines.

"I'm a Eurovision freak. To dance to my favourite song, it was epic," she said.

Fred Cooke was the first celebrity to hit the dancefloor last night, and he danced a super samba to Mickey Joe Harte's We've Got The World Tonight with Giulia Dotta.

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