It all comes to an end for Mary

By William O'Connor

IT ALL came to an end for TV presenter Mary Kennedy and her dance partner and Xquisite Dance Group member John Nolan in Dancing with the Stars as the judges decided to the send them home after the dance off on Sunday nights show. 

As they ended their run in the competition, Clondalkin’s Mary Kennedy performed a lively cha-cha-cha this week to ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ by Candi Station and became the sixth celebrity to be eliminated from the show.

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Mary Kennedy and her dance partner John Nolan

Judge Darren felt it was a real challenge for Mary this week while Brian felt the dance was forced at times. Mary had scored 18 points from the judges.

After her elimination, Mary, a former Colaiste Bride teacher who lives in Knocklyon said: “It was a wonderful opportunity, I’ve learnt so much. I’ve been out of of my comfort zone. It was a great challenge.

 "I really do hope that people of my age watching it would say ‘yeah I could do that or I’ll try something different or something new'.”

On Mary’s performance: Judge Brian said: “That made me feel young at heart at times. It was maybe a little bit forced. The atmosphere was great the whole way through. That was the first time I’ve seen you look that relaxed in a Latin dance.”

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Mary became the sixth celebrity to be eliminated from the show

Loraine said: “I loved to see a cha-cha-cha where you see the feet close. There’s great partner skills This week’s homework is to move that upper body and get those joints working.”

Darren said: “We really, really deep into the second half and John definitely challenged you. Now we just need to up that power level. Very nice cha-cha-cha.”

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