As we get nearer to the final of Dancing with the Stars, each week is becoming increasingly tense as both the pressure and the quality ramps up.

Last night's episode of the dance competition was a perfect example, as two of the show's favourites - Brook Scullion and Panti Bliss - had to compete in the dance-off .

Brooke was ultimately sent through to the semi-final by judges Arthur Gourounlian and Brian Redmond, subsequently knocking Ireland's most famous drag queen out of the contest after a stellar run.

Panti, aka Rory O'Neill, admitted that she was 'glad in a way' that her time on the show with dance partner Denys Samson had come to an end, but was sad that it was via a dance-off with Brooke, who was "like a niece to me, like my best friend...I love her with all my heart."

The semi-final takes place next week, with the grand final taking place on March 19th. The five remaining celebs are Kevin McGahern, Brooke Scullion, Suzanne Jackson, Carl Mullan and Damian MGinty.

Here's what Twitter had to say about Panti's exit from the show...