Dancing With The Stars‘It turns into a farce when better dancers have to leave because of a strong GAA vote’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Emotions were running high on The Ryan Tubridy Show this morning after last night’s Dancing With The Stars semi-final, in which boyband member Dayl Cronin was voted off.

“I am hugely disappointed, it’s obviously not about your talent as a dancer or your professionalism,” said one listener, “After last night’s fiasco, I certainly wouldn’t watch it again”. Another listener texted:

“It turns into a farce now, when better dancers had to leave because of a strong GAA votership”

Dayl and his dance partner Ksenia Zsikhotska joined Ryan in studio to share their reaction to the controversy. “Everyone who is in the final deserves to be there one hundred percent,” said Ksenia, while Dayl dismissed claims that a rivalry existed between him and Aidan O’Mahony. But Dayl said he was devastated to be voted off and is still coming to terms with the judge’s decision.

“It was a heartbreaking thing. I felt like a girlfriend has just broke up with me, it just felt like I had lost everything, like my world had crumbled. I really wanted to win it.”

Some of his fans shared similar sentiments.

Kathy emailed Ryan to tell of her five-year-old son’s reaction to the news.

“To say he was devastated when Dayl was voted off was an understatement. He was crushed. He cried and he cried and he cried. He went to bed feeling miserable.”

Dayl told Ryan that he went home after the show and “had a massive cry”, before ordering Dominos pizza and eating it in the bath.

He’s also looking to the future, he said, and is hoping his new skills will help him to get roles in musicals.

He’ll be back on our screens on next week’s Dancing with the Stars, which will feature a group performance from all the contestants on the series. Aidan O’Mahony, Aoibhín Garrihy and Denise McCormack now go forward to compete for the title of Ireland’s top dancing celebrity.

To listen back to the Ryan Tubridy Show, click here.

© The Listener 2017

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