Rosanna Davison paid homage to her father Chris de Burgh’s famous ‘Lady In Red’ love song on Dancing With The Stars last night.
The stand out moment from the show was Rosanna dancing the rumba to ‘Lady in Red’ in honour of her father, Chris de Burgh, who released the romantic song in 1986.
Fittingly, Davison, 39, brought new life to the song, in honour of her father, who watched from the audience, as his daughter became Lady In Red for one night on the dancefloor as she donned a red dress for the routine.
“I couldn’t even look over there, I hope I made you proud,” Ms Davison called over to her father who was sat in the audience afterwards.
Davison told how emotional it had been dancing to the sound penned by her father in tribute to her mother, Diane.
She said: “I felt overwhelmed. I think I still do. This feeling might not sink in until tomorrow. And it’s been a great day, an emotional day. You know, everyone has worked so hard this week to make their dance special, because obviously we were dedicating it to our loved ones. And it just felt incredibly special to have my parents there watching, to be marking my dad’s 50 years in the music business this year. Yeah, I just felt overwhelmed, incredibly grateful as well,” Ms Davison said.
The closeness of the relationship between Ms Davison and her father was evident as she danced to his song and in the jokes they shared on footage during the show.
“I think the thing that maybe people don’t realise about my dad is that he is hilarious,” she said.
“He’s a little bit eccentric, but he has a great sense of humour. And we have a family group chat and he’s the king of the memes.
“He’s the king of selfies wherever he is in the world. He always takes a selfie. So, I think that, you know, maybe the public aren’t necessarily familiar with his sense of humour and he loves to have a laugh.
“He’s always happy to slag himself. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. I think that was nice to show that side of him as well.”
Ms Davison told how some of her fellow dancers had asked to bring her father out to a bar last night after the show, but he would be driving his wife and family home.
The former Miss World told how the RTÉ wardrobe department created her beautiful gown for the special dance. She labelled them a “really talented team.”
“They work unbelievably long hours. And yeah, they made the dress. I loved wearing it. I love the floaty-ness and the sparkly bits.”
She told how she was “very grateful to be here” and she revealed she’d “just really tried to be myself on the show.”
Rosanna and her partner Stephen Vincent scored 26 out of 30 for the rumba routine.
“I’ve just absolutely tried to be myself,” she added. “And I think it’s clear that I’m really enjoying the process as well and really enjoying getting better every week, learning a new dance, just having the time of my life. So hopefully that’s been clear to viewers.”
Ms Davison said being on the show had been all-consuming and she had not had a dinner date with her husband, Wes Quirke, 40, since September.
“But you know, we’ve been married 10 years this year,” she said. “We’ve been together for 17 years. So we work together. It’s a really good team. And we know that after all this is done with, we’ll have more time for family time and I’m looking forward to that.
“But you know at the moment he has been incredibly supportive.” Mr Quirke had been taking over looking after their children when Ms Davison was rehearsing and performing.
And she told how he even ordered her pizza when she returned home late on Sunday night after the show.