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Yewande Biala hits back over racism claims following Dancing With The Stars exit

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Yewande Biala hits back over racism claims following Dancing With The Stars exit

Love Island star Yewande Biala was the first celebrity to be voted off Dancing With The Stars and hit back over claims of racism on Twitter.

Commentators suggested the Dubliner, whose parents are from Nigeria, should have stayed in the contest ahead of those less talented.

One social media user said: “How can several middle-aged white men get through and this black lady didn’t.”

Yewande told Dublin Live: “Everyone’s always going to have their opinions, but I’m going to base the fact that I didn’t connect with Irish viewers because I’m in the UK, that’s a very serious allegation to speak about.” The reality star, 24, said being the first to leave “hasn’t hit” her yet.

Close to tears backstage after the show, the TV beauty added: “Nobody deserves to go home, I think the judges were harsh.

“I was shocked, I practised so hard, I’m not a professional dancer, it’s probably one of the hardest dances.

“Everyone’s ability is different, I wouldn’t say I shouldn’t have been kicked off, everyone’s journey is different.”

The beauty sexed it up with a Viennese waltz with her partner Stephen Vincent, to Taylor Swift’s Lover, but failed to impress the judges with a crushing score of 12.

Brian Redmond slated the effort: “That was clumpy, lumpy and bumpy for me.” This was the first week that all 11 celebrities hit the dance floor and the pressure was fierce.

First to strut her stuff was model Grainne Gallanagh who jived to Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor with her partner Kai Widdrington.

With a total score of 20, Judge Julian Benson said: “You know what they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, that was a great start to the show.”



Love Island’s Yewande Biala pictured at Virgin Media Television Studio’s in Ballymount,Dublin as she made her first Irish television appearance since leaving the Love Island Villa on Virgin Media One’s Ireland AM.

Next up, suited and seductive was former Kilkenny Hurler Aidan Fogarty who scored an incredible 23 points from the judges.

He took to the floor foxtrotting with partner Emily Barker, to the Oasis track Half the World Away.

Fighting a calf injury, former Olympic boxer Michael Carruth performed a samba to It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones, with Karen Byrne.

He scored a miserable 11 points from the judges.

With another B*witching performance Sinead O’ Carroll catapulted onto the dance floor with Ryan McShane, dancing the paso doble to El Gato Montes by Arielle Dombasle.

She scored 24 from the judges.

TV star Glenda Gilson performed a moody, dark waltz to I Never Loved A Man by The Commitments, with her partner Robert Rowinski.

She scored a disappointing 15.

Fr Ray Kelly who’s been battling sciatica danced a cha cha cha with Kylee Vincent, to Michael Bubl-’s Save the Last Dance For Me, with a 1950’s feel.

The popular priest got the lowest score ever in the series to date with a dismal six, but he avoided elimation with the help of God.

Next up was Ryan Andrews who performed an energetic tango with Giulia Dotta to Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy.

He earned 24 points from the judges.

2FM star Lottie Ryan performed a knockout contemporary ballroom dance with her pro partner Pasquale La Rocca.

Topping the scoreboard with a total of 26 points Lottie said: “This was a full body experience, I loved it.”

TV’s national treasure Mary Kennedy wowed the crowd who chanted Mary Mary, after a salsa with John Nolan.

Finally, it was Brian Dowling’s turn to dazzle with Laura Nolan, showcasing a 60s style American Smooth complete with shop windows and mannequins to Dance Monkey by Tones & I.

Scoring an impresssive 20, Loraine quipped:“I’m very impressed with your foxtrot, but keep the mouth closed.”