Leah O’Rourke has Derry Girls support on Dancing with the Stars

Pic: Aidan Monaghan/Hat Trick via Channel 4

She’s had a tough few weeks on Dancing with the Stars. But she has plenty of support in her corner.

From her parents to her partner, she is letting the negative feedback roll of her back. In fact, her Derry Girls co-stars have all shared their delight with her taking part in the show.

Speaking ahead of her third time out on the dancefloor, she tells VIP Magazine: “The cast have been so lovely. Siobhan McSweeney and Lisa McGee have Tweeted wishing me luck. Jamie Lee and Nicola have come out and wished me luck. I was very, very good friends with Becky Henderson who played Aisling in the show and they’ve been so, so supportive.”

This week will be the first time that someone will be dumped from the show. And Leah admits that she has her nerves under control.

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“I think because of my negative feedback last week, I’m less nervous. The worst that could happen has happened,“ she tells us.

“I’m bottom of the leaderboard, it makes me feel more liberated this week. There’s a little bit less pressure this week. But I can only go out and do my best. I am really looking forward to this weekend.“

Although there is a tiny bit of pressure as she admits: “And Lisa really wants to go to a show, so I need to try to stay in on Sunday so she can come to a show.“

Despite her tough scores from the judges who have accused her of simply walking across the dancefloor rather than dancing, she has been having a ball. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and she adds it’s a great way to distinguish herself from her Derry Girls character, Jenny Joyce.

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“The show has given me an opportunity to show people that I’m not Jenny. I have such good craic with John so I hope people see that.“

Dancing with the Stars continues on RTÉ One on Sunday at 6:30pm

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