Derry Girls star Leah O'Rourke said she is looking forward to her mum being in the audience for this week's Dancing with the Stars and admits being bottom of the leaderboard has made her "less nervous" about the show's first elimination.

The Newry native, who played Jenny Joyce on the much-loved sitcom, said she is "really looking forward" to dancing to Goodboys' high-energy track Bongo Cha Cha Cha with her professional dance partner John Nolan on Sunday.

"I actually think because of my negative feedback last week that I'm less nervous. It's almost like the worst that could have happened has happened," she explained to RTÉ Entertainment.

"Being bottom of the leaderboard makes me feel more liberated going in this week because there's a little bit less pressure because I'm at the bottom. I can only go out and do my best."

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend. I can't wait to do this dance because a lot of the feedback has been to let loose and let go a bit more - and I feel like I can definitely do that with this dance."

O'Rourke revealed that negative comments from the judging panel, naturally, don't go down well with her family. But said having her mother in the audience this week with hopefully give her a confidence boost.

"My mum rang me on Monday and she was worrying and asking me if I was okay and said it was hard for her to watch.

"She is coming to see the show for the first time this weekend - having her and my dad and my boyfriend there this week, and just knowing that they are rooting for me, will hopefully give me an extra boost of confidence to go out there and deliver my best performance."

Dancing with the Stars, 6.30pm, Sunday, RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.

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