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Dancing With The Stars pair Matthew MacNabb and Laura Nolan confirm romance

'She’s so positive and so nice and kind to people. I just like [that] she’s got such a love for life that I just resonated with straight away'
Matthew MacNabb and Laura Nolan.

Matthew MacNabb and Laura Nolan.

Dancing With The Stars duo Matthew MacNabb and his dance partner Laura Nolan have confirmed that are now a couple.

Former Love Island star MacNabb and Ms Nolan were voted off the semi-final of show last night but they confirmed their romance with a kiss.

MacNabb said the couple enjoyed their last dance together and he thanked Laura for helping him to get over his “two left feet”.

Matthew MacNabb

Matthew MacNabb

While Ms Nolan told RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy Show that they are “a bit gutted” to miss the final but also “very proud” to have made it so far in the competition.

MacNabb said he and Laura had a romantic connection straight away.

“She’s so positive and so nice and kind to people. I just like [that] she’s got such a love for life that I just resonated with straight away,” he said.

“She’s not afraid to go for things which is really admirable… To me I think in today’s society, Laura is the kind of woman that young women should aspire to be like because she’s strong, she’s talented, she works hard and she doesn’t let anything get in the way of that.”

While Ms Nolan said initially the public attention was “a lot” to handle but their relationship grew naturally.

“It just happened that as the weeks went on, we just really clicked as people and we really enjoy each other’s company, so it’s just lovely."

Speaking after the couple were eliminated last evening MacNabb said: “This was an absolute rollercoaster…I’ve grown as a person. Thank you so much to everyone. Laura is so talented, she’s amazing at what she does.”

In a shock public vote singer Erica Cody and her professional dance partner Denys Samson wound up in the dance-off with MacNabb and Nolan.

Cody and Samson had performed a lively jive but it failed to win over the viewers. The couple were placed in the bottom two.

Now they are set to fight to compete with dancers who have gained higher places on the leaderboard.

It looks increasingly likely that former jockey Nina Carberry could claim the crown at the grand final next week.

Carberry performed an incredible pasa doble, a routine that was potentially one of the best dances ever seen on the show and as a result she scored a full house of 30 points.

Host Nicky Byrne announced the performance was the highest scoring paso in five series’ of DWTS. “It’s never been done before,” Byrne said.

“I can’t believe it,” Carberry said.

“Rachael Blackmore’s not the only jockey celebrating this weekend,” judge Brian Redmond said.

One of the most impressive sections of the routine was Carberry’s backward drop, a daring move which saw her completely rely on her dancing partner, Pasquale La Rocca.

“I was just hoping Pasquale would catch me and he did,” she said.

The judges were convinced Carberry was the dancer to beat and that she deserved a place in the grand final next week.

Rugby player Jordon Conroy performed an American smooth with his dance partner Salome Chachua.

Conroy said he was the “dance off king” as he had been in the dance to the death more than anyone else.

However, the judges commented on just how much he had grown this week, maturing as a dancer.

And Conroy even said a three minute dance marathon, performed by all of the contestants, was even more intensive than rugby training.

The sportsman said he felt his peers would now see just how far he had come.

Ellen Keane and her pro dancer Stephen Vincent performed the Charleston and the gold Paralympian even managed to get the worm dance move into the routine.

The couple won a maximum of 30 points, Keane’s first of the season and a week after she wound up in the dreaded dance-off.

“I’m over the moon, but I’d still get out and do the worm again,” the swimmer said. “It’s better than winning gold.”


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