Not a dry eye in the room after Rory O’Neill’s powerful DWTS performance

Pic: Kyran O’Brien/kobpix

It was no surprise that Rory O’Neill topped the leaderboard at this week’s Dancing with the Stars.

There was no elimination this week, but the dancer who received the highest score was immune from elimination next week. That person was, of course, Rory O’Neill AKA Panti Bliss.

Earlier in the season, Rory confirmed that he would dance out of drag. But he was holding it back for a special performance.

We can see why he waited to perform as Rory O’Neill for the first time in the series as he dedicated his dance this week to Professor Fiona Mulcahy, a doctor who treated him when he was first diagnosed as HIV Positive in the early 1990s.

Pic: Kyran O’Brien/kobpix

He danced the Paso Doble with Denys Samson to Pet Shop Boys’ It’s a Sin with professional partner Denys Samson.

The routine scored the first two tens of the season from Arthur Gourounlian and Loraine Barry, with Brian Redmond’s nine scoring them a series-high 29 points.

It also received the most votes from viewers at home.

“I’m very grateful. I’d like to thank Denys he did an amazing job. I’m trying to combat the stigma against HIV… this seemed like a good opportunity to speak to the public at large about it,” Rory said about the dance.

Pic: Kyran O’Brien/kobpix

“From the very beginning it was very important to have two guys dancing like everyone else… Fiona and everyone at the clinic in St James’, they’ve been looking after Rory for 27 years not Panti.”

Viewers took to Twitter to share their joy after the emotional performance.

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

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