Derry Girls star Leah O'Rourke said she had a feeling her and her professional dancing partner John Nolan were going to depart Dancing with the Stars on Sunday night but admits she still had "great fun" on the dancefloor.

O'Rourke, who played Jenny Joyce on the much-loved sitcom, said she is "doing good" and admits she had her "goodbye speech prepared".

Speaking on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1, she said: "I'm doing good. I had great fun last night. We all went out afterwards and I'm feeling good today."

She added: "All of the judges were lovely and we had great craic on the dancefloor so it was a nice vibe."

O'Rourke said she had an inkling she would be getting sent home but said there was still a "glimmer of hope" that she would stay in the competition a bit longer.

"I kind of had an idea it might be John [Nolan] and I because we were bottom of the leaderboard. I knew I wasn't a dancer. I had my goodbye speech prepared, but still when they called my name I needed five minutes to think, and I didn't happen any time to do so.

"But, even though you know, there's always a glimmer of hope."

"The crew were saying in all the seasons no one who is bottom of the leaderboard has gone first. There were loads of different opinions, so my head was a bit all over the place, but when we were down to the bottom three, I had a feeling," she said.

O'Rourke explained that despite the belief that all actors are good dancers too, the two skills "don't always go hand in hand."

"In my drama school - there was a straight acting course and a musical theatre course. I did the straight acting course. I'd loads of friends that could act and stuff - but they don't always go hand in hand.

"For my role in Derry Girls it worked very well. It was in my favor then but not so much in a dancing contest," she laughed.

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

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