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RTÉ has responded to claims that Dancing With The Stars is rigged.

It was evident from Twitter that viewers weren't happy about Des Bishop being voted off last week – even though he received a higher vote from the judges than Teresa Mannion or Des Cahill.

This provoked suspicion in fans of the show and many made their voices heard on social media, saying that the dancing competition has to be a fix.

However, now RTÉ has responded to the claims, saying that they are further from the truth.

The network's producer Larry Bass told The Irish Sun: "The public voting system on our show is entirely fair.

"The same thing happens on this show around the world where people like Des, he might not be a great dancer, but gets votes because they are comical or entertaining.

"We don't give breakdowns on the voting as this information is commercially sensitive and may also have an impact on the voting patterns for the remaining shows.

"It works the same for Stricly on the BBC," he added.

You can catch the next episode of Dancing With The Stars tonight at 6.30pm.


Comedian Des Bishop has been confirmed to take part in Dancing with the Stars.

He revealed on last night's Late Late Show that he is one of the 11 celebrities set to star in the show this coming January.

The official Dancing With The Stars Instagram account posted a "guess who?" snap of the blurred-out comedian yesterday, asking social media users to guess what star was shown.

"I absolutely cannot wait for January, I can't think of a better way to spend the next few months," said the comedian. 

"At my age, to learn something completely new such as ballroom dancing is an amazing opportunity."


A photo posted by Des Bishop (@desbishop) on

"I mean I wasn't actually a big watcher of the show but when I got asked to do it, I'm totally into it," Des admitted.

"All morning I'm learning my dance moves, I'm obsessed with my dance moves."

Earlier this week, Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne were confirmed to present the first series. We can't wait for January! 


With the General Election taking place this Friday February 26, taxpayers are taking their last chance to air their feelings on certain important issues.

Chief among these is mental health, and specifically the issue of Ireland's guilt-heavy culture around anxiety and depression.

The Rubberbandits voiced their opinions just that problem last night, during a sketch on Des Bishop's RTÉ Election Special.

The Rubberbandits guide to mental health.

The Rubberbandits guide to Mental Health. #GE2016 . Originally shown on Des Bishops election special.

Posted by Rubberbandits on Monday, 22 February 2016

What started out as an off-the-wall p*sstake of Gerry Adams, Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin through the world of Blindboy's dreams soon turned into a very astute observation about mental health, anxiety, Catholic guilt and the Irish culture of bottling up our emotions.

"We still punish ourselves – especially young men. The fear of talking to a therapist carries with a label of being 'bad' or 'broken'," said Blindboy. 

"We treat counselling like it's some big dirty secret."

Unsurprisingly, the video got a huge reaction online:

Fair play to the lads for highlighting a very important issue in Irish society,

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