Stabannon Parnells were crowned Strictly Rivals 2017 champions at the Nuremore Hotel on Saturday night- dancing, jigging and strutting their way to the title ahead of fierce rivals John Mitchels GFC.
20 couples took to the stage at the sold out event, with couples from each club competing against eachother in a variety of dance styles to determine once and for all which local club had the moves on the dancefloor – as opposed to the football field!
Everything was on show – country, contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, Bollywood, disco, swing, the hand-jive, the twist and the Charleston were all given a whirl by the competitors – on a night when there really was something for everyone.
After Stabannon Parnells were named the winning club, couple Carol Cluskey and Colm Giggins were also crowned the night’s best dancing couple having wowed the judges. They finished the show with their winning Bollywood dance on stage, flanked by all the 19 other couples from both clubs.
Carol and Colm had took to the stage early in the evening – they were just the third couple on stage to perform their Bollywood dance, beating John Mitchels’ rivals Ella Nulty and Martin Duffy in their respective dance off and putting Stabannon two up early on.
Also on the night, the entire group took to the stage as proceedings began with a group dance. All the couples donned their kits and showed their colours (Riverdance style!) before the rivalry really kicked in once the individual dance duels began. The event was MC’d throughout by the incomparable compere LMFM’s Pat O’Shaughnessy and it was he who had the honour of announcing the main award winners on the night.
The judges – choreographer Gavin Quigley, Anita Halpenny, Deirdre Dickson and RTE Sport presenter and commentator Darragh Maloney had a very tough job on their hands choosing between some of the dances. The public voting, which was open for 90 minutes during the show, also went towards determining the winning club and dancers.
The participating dancers – in order of taking to the stage – were:
- Emma Tuite and Niall Conlon (Stabannon Parnells)
- Megan Minogue and Sean Sweeney (John Mitchels)
- Carol Cluskey and Colm Giggins (Stabannon Parnells)
- Ella Nulty and Martin Duffy (John Mitchels)
- Julie Campbell and Mark Faulkner (Stabannon Parnells)
- Linda Durnin and Robert Cunningham (John Mitchels)
- Bernie Lynch and Eamon Gallagher (Stabannon Parnells)
- Lisa Maguire and Gary Myles (John Mitchels)
- Lee King-Smith and Robert Callaghan (Stabannon Parnells)
- Sandra Halpenny and Rory Durnin (John Mitchels)
- Mary Lynch and Barry Lynch (Stabannon Parnells)
- Alan McCormack and Margaret Comey (John Mitchels)
- Aine Murphy and Sean Halpenny (Stabannon Parnells)
- Katie Mathews and Chris Cunningham (John Mitchels)
- Fintan Martin and Aoife Doran (Stabannon Parnells)
- Deirdre Commins and Fra Sands (John Mitchels)
- Martin Bannon and Mags Briscoe (Stabannon Parnells)
- Rachel Kaneand Mark Durnin (John Mitchels)
- Patrick and Butterly and Helen Reilly (Stabannon Parnells)
- Anne Keely and John Durnin (John Mitchels)
Congratulations to all of the dancers who took part and everyone associated with both clubs – Stabannon Parnells and John Mitchels – who helped make the night such a success. It was brilliant! You can check out more over on Instgram, including on Instagram Stories.
We’ll also have a full photo gallery from the night on ThisIsArdee.ie and on Facebook very soon – so keep an eye out for that!