Hula hoop acrobatics to the music of Clannad, a Dáithí puppet and eh, whipping, it was a vintage Rose of Tralee night in The Kingdom on Monday evening. We round up the top 10 moments  

Here's a first - Westmeath Rose Eva Cooney produced a Dáithí Ó Sé puppet - which she made herself - and proceeded to jiggle it about in front of the bemused and amused host. Don't worry Dots - your job is safe for another few years.  

We were very impressed when Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan used the platform of the Rose of Tralee to talk about mental health issues

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Dáithí gets whipped into shape: Our host got a fair old slagging from pretty much everyone on Monday night but trooper he is, he took it on the chin. However, when Darwin Rose produced a whip she may have been taking things a bit too far . . . 

It was all about the taste test for Chicago Rose Teresa 

Ah, yes. A spot of blind tasting with Chicago Rose Teresa Daly. She applied some rather blingy eye mask and a father unblingy blue nose peg to guinea pig Dáithí and proceeded to feed him raw turnip, potato and onion. Intereeeesting.   

The escorts share their chat-up line secrets. We took a peek behind the curtain and asked those bold escort lads how they approach the ladeez on a night out. We got some novel replies.

Hoop dreams 

Hula hoop acrobatics. In a first for the Rose of Tralee, scrap that, in a first for Irish television, Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan donned her county jersey and proceeded to perform aerobatics. On a hoop. To Harry's Game by Clannad.

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Jiving at the crossroads: Fermanagh Rose and country music uber fan Stephanie got to jive with Derek Ryan.

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The Ode of Tralee: There was precious little singing last night at the Rose of Tralee (and some people might be thankful for that) but we were mighty impressed when Armagh Rose Nicole McKeown reworked the showstopping song Popular from musical Wicked and turned it into her very own ode to the Roses.

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The Rose Limbo: Toronto Rose Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea proved just how limber she really is when - in full gúna - she bent over backwards for her party piece and did a live limbo. Dáithí had a a rather more novel approach. 

Forget about the party pieces, the free car (for a year) and the glory, this is what it's all about. 

Alan Corr @corralan

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