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Sandra Mallon

Stephanie Roche eliminated from Dancing With The Stars after dance off against Suzanne Jackson

Footballer Stephanie Roche has been given a red card and become the latest celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing With The Stars.

The Shamrock Rovers ace fell foul to the public vote and ended up in the dance off against Suzanne Jackson.

Earlier in the night, striker Stephanie swapped the glitzy dress for a red and white sparkly tracksuit as she danced the samba with her pro dance partner Ervinas Merfeldas.

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Scoring just 19 points wasn't enough for Stephanie and the Dubliner ended up in the dance off against Suzanne Jackson who danced a graceful American Smooth to I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga with her pro dance partner Michael Danilczuk.

Leaving the show, Stephanie thanked Ervinas, saying "he's been very patient at times", while Ervinas said she had given it her all.

An emotional Stephanie said: "The more you get into it, the more you want to keep on getting better. You want to improve week on week so I feel like we achieved something."

Earlier in the night, Suzanne and Michael scored 25 points before they had to repeat the dance again after ending up in the dance off against Stephanie and Ervinas.

But judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Arthur Gourounlian chose to save Suzanne and Michael in the end.

Brian previously said Stephanie's samba to Con Calma by Daddy Yankee feat. Snow was a difficult samba and said it was one of her "better latin dances".

Loraine added she felt her "fight continued" from last week and she gave the dance her "blood, sweat and tears".

"I salute your effort tonight. It was tremendous," she said.

Arthur said he felt she performed best out of heels but he felt she improved on Sunday night in her heels.

Shane Byrne and Karen Byrne opened tonight’s show with a sparkling Jive to Land of 1000 Dances by Vinnie Jones.

The couple scored 20 points.

Emily Barker added some rope into her choreography with her celebrity partner Carl Mullan. They danced a powerful tango to Sucker by the Jonas Brothers, impressing the judges.

Loraine said her risk of dancing with a prop paid off.

"There was this fiery fierce energy all the way through... you really worked that lovely prop right in.I'm very impressed with the amount of tango steps you got in.

"That was a great tango."

Brooke Scullion with her Dance Partner Robert Rowinski (Kyran O’Brien/kobpix)

Arthur said: "It's official.. I'm a sucker for you. Working with prop is very difficult... you showed another side tonight. Very sexy."

Brian added that it wasn't a bad tango. The pair scored 24 points.

Panti Bliss and Denys Samson - who earned immunity on the show last week - danced an energetic salsa to Stupid Love by Lady Gaga, scoring 22 points from the judges.

Arthur said Panti was "born to do salsa", describing it as "loud, camp and bold - just like you".

Brian said Panti "disco-fied salsa" but he wasn't overly impressed with the dance.

Comedian Kevin McGahern and Laura Nolan danced the quick step to Iggy Pop's Lust For Life, scoring 26 points.

Brian described it as "Kevin's killing quickstep", while Loraine praised the dance saying they "gave it socks".

Glee star Damien McGinty and Kylee Vincent scored two tens for their Charleston to No Swinggity by Minimatic

Loraine praised the dance, saying her highlight was the lofts in their dance, saying they took her breath away, while Brian said while his dancing was "goofy" it was perfect for the Charleston.

The pair scored a massive 29 points, securing their place at the top of the leaderboard.

Former Eurovision singer Brooke Scullion and her pro dance partner Robert Rowinski were praised for their lively jive to Lizzo’s ‘Am I Ready?’.

Arthur praised the dance, saying it was "on point", while Brian was impressed with their kick actions, joking they "nearly took my eyebrows off".

And Loraine described their dance as "excellent."

Brooke and Robert closed the show, earning 27 points.


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