Dancing with the Stars professional Laura Nolan has told RTÉ Entertainment that she and dance partner Matthew MacNabb know what they have to do to avoid being the first pair eliminated from the new series on Sunday night.

The Love Island star and his professional dance partner received the lowest score last Sunday night for their Viennese Waltz and are second from bottom of the leaderboard heading into this weekend's show.

On Sunday, they will dance the Jive to Ed Sheeran's Overpass Graffiti and are adamant that "the only way is up" on a night when all 12 couples will dance in the same show for the first time.

The couple are coming into the show on the back of a full week of training, having only had a few days to prepare for their debut, as they had both caught Covid.

"It's going to be a completely different change of atmosphere," enthused Laura. "We have a lot of energy, a complete change of vibe. It's more hip, it's more cool. It's very upbeat and it's very happy."

Laura and Matthew danced the Viennese Waltz last Sunday night

She paid tribute to her partner as "a hard worker" who "puts the hours in".

"I've never met a more cool, calm, collected person in all my life," she said. "I was expecting him to crumble - but he didn't."

Fans can find out how Laura and Matthew get on this Sunday on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player at 6:30pm.

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