Rosanna Davison is wonder woman!
As we approach week five of Dancing With The Stars (DWTS), the competition is really starting to heat up.
This week, Rosanna Davison and her dance partner, Stephen Vincent, who received huge praise last weekend from the judges, prepare to dance the Charleston on the live show.
With all of the physical and mental preparation that goes into being a contestant on DWTS, Rosanna is also juggling the responsibilities of motherhood.
The TV personality and her husband, Wesley Quirke, are parents to three young children; their daughter, Sophia, 4, and twin boys, Hugo and Oscar, 3.
HerFamily caught up with the mum-of-three ahead of the fifth week of DWTS to chat about how the dance show has also positively influenced the lives of their family.
My little girl is really into it… She does little impressions of my struts and little twirls, and she loves all the dresses.Rosanna Davison
In particular, little Sophia has shown a huge interest in her mum’s latest venture.
“On the nights that I’m on earlier in the show – last weekend, I was on third so I was on before 7pm – if I’m on between 6.30pm and 7pm, they’re able to stay up and watch.
“My little girl is really into it; she came to watch dress rehearsals last Saturday with Wes, and she does little impressions of my struts and little twirls, and she loves all the dresses.
“She says, ‘Mummy! You wore a blue dress and there was a man with a hat and red eyes’, you know, talking about Stephen as the Mad Hatter. So, she’s really absorbing it all.”
I hope that in the future, they’ll look back at the videos and think, ‘Wow, that was really inspiring that our mum did that when we were so young.’Rosanna Davison
Beautiful gowns and movie characters aside, the mum-of-three says one of the main motivations for taking part in DWTS was to teach her children an important message about self-confidence, strength, and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone.
“I’m trying to pass on a message that this isn’t a natural environment to be in but I’m really pushing myself out of my comfort zone to do something the scares me a bit.
“Life is all about taking these risks and learning about yourself in the process. So, I hope that in the future, they’ll look back at the videos and think, ‘Wow, that was really inspiring that our mum did that when we were so young.”
The TV personality admits that her life right now is ‘a bubble of rehearsals, kids, and then the shows at the weekend’, adding that she hopes her three children will look back on her participation with pride that she took this leap when they were young.
I’ve started sleeping in my parent’s house on a Saturday night because I have three toddlers and they just tend to wake up during the night.Rosanna Davison
As many parents (if not all) know, young children can interfere with your sleep and therefore your energy levels, something that needs to be at maximum capacity for such a competition.
And while Rosanna is a mum to three, she still leans on her mum, especially since she joined the line-up of celebrity contestants for the show.
“Do you know what? I’ve started sleeping in my parent’s house on a Saturday night because I have three toddlers – two three-year-old twin boys and a four-year-old girl – and they just tend to wake up during the night.
“I’ve started just turning up to my mum and dad’s on a Saturday night just to get a full night’s sleep before the show on Sunday.”
The mum-of-three says her husband has been a huge support while she takes part in the dancing competition, and takes care of everything on a Saturday night and throughout the day on Sunday so she can get her rest before the live show.
After filming has wrapped and the remaining dancers breathe an enormous sigh of relief, Rosanna also has somewhat of a ritual for her Sunday nights since she joined the show.
There’s no rest for the wicked, or mums, as the social media influencer dives straight into the responsibilities of a new school week.
“I get home around 9:30pm and have to pack the kid’s lunch boxes for school on Monday, I have to make sure you know, their little uniforms are clean and ready for the morning, but my husband usually orders pizza.
“So, pizza and a cup of tea is usually how I wind down on a Sunday and try and get some sleep. There’s such a big adrenaline rush from the show.
“So, I try to get some sleep and it then it’s up – my alarm is set for 6am on Monday morning to get the kids up and out to school.”
Those following the other contestants on DWTS on social media may see that some of the cast head out for drinks afterwards to unwind.
However, Rosanna says, for a mum of young children, ‘it’s straight back to reality’.
The fifth week of DWTS will air live on Sunday night at RTÉ One at 6.30pm.
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