End of the road for Erin McGregor as she gets the boot in DWTS semi-final

She survived the bottom two three times in a row before the semi-final, but it was the end of the road for Erin McGregor on tonight’s Dancing With The Stars as she was given the boot.

The Crumlin woman (36) landed in the bottom two opposite singer Jake Carter but didn’t manage to survived the dreaded dance-off, while Anna Geary and Deirdre O’Kane sailed through to the final.

Erin became emotional after her elimination and spoke of how she struggled with her confidence when she signed on for the show.

“You know what, I really didn’t believe in myself at the start. I got a lot of slack at the start, there was moments where I thought I didn’t think I could keep going,” she said.

“Anyone at home, who wants to go out and chase their dream, never give up, no matter what anyone says.

Erin and Ryan opened the show dancing the Samba to The Script’s ‘Rain’.

The fitness model was universally praised by the judges for giving a strong opening performance with judge Brian Redmond: “You started the competition as Erin McGregor the fitness model and now you’re Erin McGregor the dancer.”

She was given a score of 27 points out of 30.

Deirdre O’Kane and partner John Nolan were next up, performing contemporary ballroom to The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’.

The comedian became emotional when she found out she would be dancing to the rock song, so soon after the passing of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan.

“It feels very raw. She was our rock queen. I have to thank this show for giving me this moment, it’s very special,” she said.

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Judge Loraine Barry said: “Overall, this was a very good, dark, emotional storytelling performance. Well done.”

She received a score of 27 out of 30.

Camogie player Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington were up next dancing the foxtrot to Phil Lynott’s Dancing In The Moonlight.

Brian said of the performance: “I just saw a little bit of tension in the neckline that inhibited the line but the movement, feet and legs, all excellent.”

The judges gave her a score of 24 out of 30.

Pop singer Jake Carter and Karen Byrne were up next, determined to receive their second 30 out of 30 score in a row.

They danced the rumba to Niall Horan’s ‘Slow Hands’ and were given a personal message of good luck from the One Direction singer.

The judges noted after their turn on the floor that they have to nit-pick the celebrities’ performances at this stage in the competition when all the performances are of such a high standard.

Loraine said: “In a rumba, it’s the man and the woman. At times, the fluidity got lost a little for me, but it was still a very impressive rumba.”

They received a score of 26 out of 30.

Erin and Ryan’s second dance was a contemporary ballroom to Sia’s Alive with the Dubliner saying her time on the show so far had been ‘a great journey’.

Receiving universal praise again, she was given a score of 25 out of 30.

Deirdre and John were back to dance the Cha Cha to the Jackson 5’s Can You Feel It for their second performance.

Noting the difficulty of memorising two intricate dances in the same week, Brian said: “Not as strong as your performance earlier on but well done.”

The judges were harsher on the pair for the dance, giving them 22 points out of 30.

Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington came back fighting for their second performance, dancing the Salsa to Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music.

Loraine said: “There was no beat there where you were not doing something. I thought it was exceptionally good,” while Julian Benson said it was: “salsalicious with extra dressing”.

They received the top score of the night with 30 points.

Next up was Jake and Karen dancing the American Smooth and received a standing ovation from the audience.

However, the judges were not as impressed with the performance with Brian commenting it was more “American rough around the edges” than American Smooth.

However they still received a respectable score of 25 out 30.

Anna, Jake and Deirdre will perform in the grand finale next Sunday when the winner of the series will be crowned.

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