Bernard O'Shea has told RTÉ Entertainment that Dancing with the Stars brought him out of his shell and joked about his future as a European, or at least Irish, dancing champion.

The 2FM Breakfast Republic co-presenter became the fourth celebrity to be eliminated from the competition, after he lost out in the dance-off to Erin McGregor on Sunday night.

O'Shea said he is thrilled to have made it to the halfway mark with his professional dance partner, Valeria Milova.

"I've certainly gone as far as I thought I could go. Every week I go 'we're gone' and it was a really nice way to go.

"I really enjoyed it and loved every minute of it. I've made so many friends. I know it sounds corny but with Rob [Heffernan], Tomás [O'Leary], Jake [Carter] and Marty [Morrissey]."

Reflecting on the positives that came from taking part in the competition, he added: "I didn't have to do it. But they are the best things to do, when you don't have to do something.

"I really feel like it's brought me out of my shell a little bit more."

"Jennifer Maguire said at the start that I had to do the show because 'you're stuck in a rut and you don't think you are'".

O'Shea admits his only gripe with DWTS and the judging panel was that he was scored differently to the other contestants.

"Now that I am a semi-professional dancer and Loraine Barry has a thing for me, I imagine I will go on to be if not a European champion, most certainly an Irish champion," he laughed.

 "I was the only one who got marks out of five though. That was unfair. Everyone got marked out of ten. So that's my only gripe".

Bernard O'Shea was the fourth celebrity to be eliminated from DWTS

O’Shea admits he is looking forward to spending time with his family again and said his wife has already made plans for this weekend.

Dancing with the Stars continues on Sunday, February 25 on RTÉ One at 6.30pm. Catch up here on the RTÉ Player.

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