DANCING With The Stars was seriously off tonight after the sound went out of sync.
But the episode recovered to produce a record-breaking first dance routine.
The opening of the dance performance was marred by a videotape delay which saw the images skip ahead of the sound.
With cameras rolling from 6 p.m. to allow a studio audience before the 8 p.m. curfew for Covid rules, a wobbly pre-recorded tape had footage scrolling about four seconds before the sound, creating chaos with stair entries.
And even worse, we heard a pre-recorded Nicky Byrne introduce the panel as “everything in sync” – but it was anything but.
“EVEN ADS OUT OF SYNCHRONIZATION”
A Twitter user complained: “Everything! Even the announcements are not synchronized.
DWTS bosses apologized: “Apologies for slight audio issues on tonight’s show. It will be resolved soon!
Dustin The Turkey mischievously tweeted: “Fair play to RTE, for going the extra mile with Covid by social distancing audio from footage.”
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Back in sync, former RTE newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna was the first on the floor to dance a Charleston to Adam Ant’s Goody Two Shoes with Emily Barker in a pale blue ruffled dress.
Chief Justice Loraine Barry said: “Launching the show tonight, you did, so bow down.”
New critic Arthur Gourounlian said, “It’s not the best Charleston I’ve ever seen, but it was really fun.”
And always honest Brian Redmond told him: “You spent the first 20 seconds sitting. But when you go, you really go.
“You were still a bit of a newsreader from the waist down. You need to relax a bit.” Aengus scored 16.
Making a waltz was a tall order for Matthew MacNabb of Love Island, who came in second.
Arthur said, “You’re tall, dark and handsome but is that enough?” You need to relax.
And Brian said, “You’re too big for Laura to move around on the floor.” It was a little slow in places.
Dance partner Laura Nolan later explained their sub-par performance was down to Matt testing positive for Covid last week and losing rehearsal time – but the pair still scored 13.
Third, rugby star Jordan Conroy did a salsa to Jason Derulo’s Take You Dancing with his new pro partner Salome Chachua.
The pair performed impressive comebacks, while Jordan showed some skin during the spicy routine.
Loraine gushed: “A terrific start – wow, wow wow.”
Brian said, “Jordan, you’re the man. These lifts were as good as you would see in a final.
Arthur added: “For your first dance, I salute you. Hot hot hot!”
Jordan scored 22 points.
Next up was Erica Cody, who started with a slight stumble but turned out to be a fiery samba for Kiss My (Uh Oh) Anne Marie & Little Mix with partner Denys Samson.
Loraine said: “There was a wobble at the start. But it was absolutely fabulous for the first show.
Arthur said, “The dance floor is on fire.”
And Brian noted, “Samba in week one is a celebrity killer but you killed him.”
Erica scored 24, the highest first dance of all time on DWTS.
Dubbed Team Banana, Aslan’s oldest competitor’s Billy McGuinness, 61, and Hannah Kelly, 19, the youngest dance pro, then foxtrot to Python’s Always Look On the Bright Side of Life of Monty.
Brian said: “You look like a five year old playing his dad’s guitar. But if you set the frame, I’ll be happy to see you on the show for a while.
Arthur said, “It was beautiful but relax your shoulder. You made me happy.” Billy scored 16.
The last was Paralympic swimmer Ellen Keane, the first disabled dancer in DWTS history.
‘LOTS OF POTENTIAL’
The 26-year-old, who was born without a left arm below his elbow, danced with partner Stephen Vincent to Golden by Harry Styles.
Loraine said: “You held on. You’ve gone through every step. Lots of potential.
Arthur added: “You are a golden baby. You have a challenge and delivered in every way. Ellen scored 21 points. Next week will see the first elimination on DWTS with viewership scores from episodes one and two. .
The scoreboard after two shows has Erica leading with 24 points, Jordan at 22, Ellen with 21, Nina Carberry at 19 and Neil Delamere with 17.
Neck and neck are Aengus, Billy and Missy Keating, all 16. Cathy Kelly and Grainne Seoige each have 14 points, Matthew has 13 and Nicholas Roche has 11.