Dancing with the Stars: Des Cahill finally comes undone in the dreaded dance off

They later win the Ballroom Blitz with a daring duck, jump n’ lift – all correct technical terms – bringing their score up to 32. During the BB, our couples jive up a storm until the judges ask them to leave the dancefloor, just like the prom scene from Grease. The BB lasts for a grand total of three minutes and the final couple standing can earn an extra five points. Alas, it’s something we will never see and there isn’t a dry eye in Ardmore Studios as we say goodbye. ADVERTISEMENT But before the BB, it’s business as usual and first out on the dancefloor, dressed like the dancing emoji girl in her red gúna, is Aoibhín Garrihy. As usual, the votes at home are added to the judges’ scores and the two couples with the lowest combined scores face each other in The DDO, returning the power to the judges instead of those unpredictable voters. Redmond applauds his energy and Barry sets him the challenge to match the passion and rhythm of his bottom half with his top half next week, a tip we should all take with us to the grave. With the absence of Cahill, the heart and soul of the show, expect a merciless bloodbath. But get ready for the real competition to begin. @KarenDWTS @sportsdes #DWTSIrl We’re all shedding a few tears for one of the most popular couples on the show — TERESA MANNION (@TeresaMannion) March 12, 2017 Des we will miss you it will not be the same without a gentleman like you who gave hope to many others to start dancing. On Sunday night, he brought us a new character called Dessie Swayze as he jived to Do You Love Me? “The closer you get to that end date, the more you want it,” she says in rehearsals and her tango to Shakira’s Objection with partner Vitali Kozmin proves that she really, really wants to win. Well, Dayl Cronin and Ksenia Zsikhotska took that pole and gave it the paso doble treatment. Charleston pap: Denise McCormack and Ryan McShane “You gave me everything!” she says. It takes two: Vitali Kozmin and Aoibhín Garrihy Judges Lorraine Barry and Brian Redmond criticise the couple’s pace, saying that the routine was too fast and furious, but if I know tango like I think I know tango, that seems to be a requirement. First-time father …

Donal Dineen’s Sunken Treasure: Nouakchott Wedding Songs

Pop rules the airwaves with an iron fist and it stinks. It’s part of the charade where the unusual and interesting are consigned to the margins while all manner of dross swamps the mainstream. He got that bit right, if he was referring to the derivative drivel that is is own music or, more importantly, to the way so little attention is paid to the rich tapestry of sounds the likes of Sahel produce with painstaking dedication. Let’s face it, when your desk is furnished with an endless supply of derivative nonsense from the record companies connected to the mainstream, the urge to cast the net wider diminishes. It’s a very beautiful noise. There are far greater things in life, Unlike the scene here in Ireland, where we tend to keep things bland enough so as not to upset the relatives or shock the neighbours, Mauritanian wedding music is where the traditional meets the modern in a raucous amalgamation of rhythmic sounds. The deep grooves that dominate proceedings wouldn’t get a look-in at our western celebrations simply because their raw power might ruin someone’s big day. We consider ourselves sophisticated yet we can’t seem to shake the unedifying spectre of Rock the Boat. There’s a whole lot of shaking going on. Traditional lutes clash with modified guitars and all manner of percussion to whip up a kind of storm that is unique to my ears. Time someone tipped the boat over. I really wish it weren’t so, but soldiers on the ground such as Christopher Kirkley and his wonderful Sahel label never make the headlines or the halls of fame at musical award ceremonies. They are a joy. The love he invests in his releases is rarely reciprocated. Although musically he is anything but right himself, at least he has enough gumption to admit the formulaic way radio is programmed continues to popularise the easily digestible pap to the detriment of anything unique or different no matter how good. ‘Everything is wrong’ Speaking of lunatics, perhaps the only truth Moby ever uttered was the phrase “everything is wrong”. All the seats at the captain’s table are occupied with the peddlers of the bland noise that give lift tannoys and supermarket stereos a bad name. Kirkley’s work collecting and recording the sounds of the vast Sahel region that spans middle Africa he conducts with vocational zeal and a very obvious deep …

Joni Sledge, member of Sister Sledge, dies aged 60

We love you Joni. pic.twitter.com/6Zxj6gLoQh— Sister Sledge (@SisterSledge_) March 12, 2017 https://t.co/m6fDmOnFUM— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) March 12, 2017 #RIPJoniSledge #WeAreFamily My heartfelt condolences to your family because they are my family too. We did… Joni Sledge, who along with her siblings formed the group Sister Sledge and recorded the enduring hit We Are Family, has died aged 60, representatives for the group said on Saturday. The Philadelphia-born Joni Sledge, along with her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy, formed the group Sister Sledge in 1971. Sledge was found unresponsive at her home in Phoenix on Friday and the cause of death has not been determined, according to a statement from the band’s publicists. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became an international hit, the group also was known for He’s the Greatest Dancer, Lost in the Music and a cover of the Motown classic My Guy. Aside from We Are Family, which reached No. We did something pretty amazing together.” Sledge is survived by an adult son. “We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni passed away yesterday.” Chic star Nile Rodgers paid tribute to the star. Rodgers wrote on Twitter: “#RIPJoniSledge #WeAreFamily My heartfelt condolences to your family because they are my family too. Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote and produced Sister Sledge’s hit album We Are Family, which featured their biggest disco hits including the title track and The Greatest Dancer. Sister Sledge performed before Pope Francis in 2015 when he visited Philadelphia. Agencies “Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family,” the Sledge Family said in a statement. Joni Sledge did not normally sing lead in the group, but she did on one popular song, Reach Your Peak.