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Co Tyrone country music star dances her way through to next round of RTÉ's Dancing with the Stars

Cliona Hagan and dance partner Robert Rowinski. Picture by RTÉ

CO Tyrone country music star Cliona Hagan last night danced her way through to the next round of RTÉ's Dancing with the Stars.

The Ballinderry-born singer and dance partner Robert Rowinski were praised by the judges for "smoldering with their rumba", which they performed to Rita Ora's Let You Love Me.

It was the first week where all eleven dancers performed their individual dances, with the country singer and her Polish partner scoring 20 points out of 30 for their routine.

Judge Brian Redmond said: "The rumba was beautiful... but more squeeze needed through the hips. I hope you don't have whiplash tomorrow after all those neck turns"

Fellow judge Julian Benson said it "was a ridiculously raunchy rumba from start to finish".

"The chemistry was wonderful. I do agree that more hip action is was mesmerising," he added.

Speaking after she performing the routine, the 29-year-old singer, who was a former contestant in the RTÉ reality competition, The All Ireland Talent Show, said: "I definitely don't see myself as sexy, I'm more clumsy".

Ms Hagan, who studied music at Queen's University Belfast, also told of how she had invited Tyrone model Kate Grant to join her on last night's show.

The Cookstown model, who has Down's syndrome, was seen sitting in the audience of Dancing With the Stars after the singer had surprised her with tickets.

The 20-year-old, who recently became the face of a global beauty company's latest marketing campaign, had previously told of how she had five goals for the new year, including attending the show to see Ms Hagan dance.

The first unlucky couple to be voted out of the competition last night was Eilish O'Carroll and dance partner Ryan McShane.

The Mrs Brown's Boys star had secured just 12 votes from the judges following her samba routine and failed to be kept in the competition by the public vote.

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