Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch and her professional dance partner Keo Motsepe have booked their place in the final of Dancing with the Stars on US television, dedicating their semi-final performance to the late Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice.

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The duo were one of four couples to go through on Monday night to next week's finale, with model Alexis Ren and her professional partner Alan Bersten; actor Milo Manheim and Witney Carson, and radio presenter Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess also on the dance card.

Reality TV star Joe Amabile and his professional partner Jenna Johnson, and actor Juan Pablo Di Pace and his partner Cheryl Burke were the couples to miss out.

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Lynch and Motsepe had received a perfect score of 30 for their first performance, a Contemporary dance, with the Termonfeckin actress dedicating the dance to her late friend Simon Fitzmaurice, who passed away in 2017 following a lengthy battle with Motor Neurone Disease. 

After dancing to Andra Day's Stand Up for Something, Lynch and Motsepe gestured towards an empty director's chair with Simon Fitzmaurice's name on it. Lynch starred in her filmmaker friend's 2015 mental health drama My Name is Emily.

For their second routine, the Judges' Dance, Lynch and Motsepe were tasked with performing their Foxtrot from Week One of the show, receiving 28 points out of a possible 30 for their routine to Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman. When the judges' scores and viewers' votes were combined their place in the final was announced.

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Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio One on Monday, Lynch said of her Dancing with the Stars experience: "A lot of people said to me starting out, 'Oh, you're going to have to come out of your shell. You're going to have to be less shy'.

"You know, I didn't really. I didn't have to change anything. I'm still here; I'm still in the semi-final. There's something that resonates with some people of me being my normal, grounded, somewhat-more-quiet self."

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