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People stop me and say I was robbed one even sent a complaint to RTE bosses! Dunphy's 'amazing experience' on DWTS; MAIA EVERY INCH THE STAR AFTER EXIT.

Byline: SIOBHAN O'CONNOR

TV star Maia Dunphy has told how a fan made an official complaint to RTE about how she was unfairly judged on Dancing With The Stars.

The 41-year-old broadcaster was booted off the show last Sunday and has been lauded with praise since her exit.

Maia told the Irish Sunday Mirror: "The judges told me I did my best performance but then they gave me the same score.

"I've been stopped by five people in they were shocked as I was getting better.

"I bumped into one lady who told me she had sent a complaint into RTE about the judges saying if I had progressed since the week before why had they not marked me up."

The documentary maker, who's married to comedian Johnny Vegas, said she's very emotional and couldn't hide her sorrow at leaving the contest.

She added: "It's an awful feeling when you get kicked out because since the start of this year it's been seven days a week.

"I swore I wasn't going to let anyone see me crying, I'm quite an emotional person and I did have a good cry but I'm not embarrassed about it. If you give something 100% and then you don't care about it that's worse.

"It was such an amazing experience, I'm sure I'll be really depressed in a week or so."

Her famous husband lives in the UK whilst she and baby Tom go back and forth between Dublin and London.

Maia said: "I'm not going to lie when you have a toddler it's real life and it's not ideal to be apart but it is what it is but it's a choice we both made.

"The novelty wears off when there's kids involved.

"My stepson's 14 and he has his GCSEs next year and then you have Tom on the other end of the spectrum so it's not just me and Johnny gallivanting around the place.

"Tom and I have done 75 flights on our own in under two years."

Maia's new TV show Heartbreak Hotel airs on TV3 this St Valentine's night and she can't wait for the public to see it.

She added: "When I first got offered the show I was like, 'Is this Love Island with more clothes or what is it?' but it wasn't.

"Every other show on TV is about fixing relationships but the implication is always, I feel, it's not OK to be single, I mean you're not half a couple if you're single.

"We've all been through heartbreak, the end of a teenage relationship, the end of a marriage and there are lots of people who haven't been able to get Maia with husband Johnny over that heartbreak be it damaging their self-esteem or those thinking they never want to go through that again.

"The idea is finding out what's really going on with the person and seeing if we can help get them over the hump.

"It's not about blaming your ex, but it's like what is it that I can't get over and we try and help with this.

"I think it appeals to everyone as everyone has been heartbroken.

"It's not an invasively shock show, we're not making Big Brother. Sara Davidson, the divorce coach, works with me on the show and she's so professional and I love hearing people's stories.

"We then set the participants tasks to help overcome whatever they're going through, some can be physical and others emotional, that's all part of the therapy too."

The Dubliner will soon add children's author to her CV as her first book will be published once the illustration is finalised. With a few TV shows in the pipeline Maia said she never worries about age and finds the obsession with it infuriating.

She added: "I've never been bothered about my age, that's where madness lies to obsess about your age.

"My currency isn't beauty or being young and gorgeous or some 5ft 10in model, so why would my age bother me.

I'll never put needles in my face - there's a whole generation of younger women, thanks to those Kardashian women, in their twenties who all have lip fillers, all have botox and they all look at least 15 years older.

"I think the reality TV stars where all the women look exactly the same will be a thing of the past and women will start to embrace their differences."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2018
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