Strictly: Rhys Stephenson on his girlfriend's reaction to tango
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Nancy Xu and CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson have made it through to the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final which airs on BBC One this Saturday. Ahead of the all-important round of the competition, Nancy unveiled a weakness her partner “really needs to push on”. She detailed the issue to It Takes Two host Janette Manrara on Wednesday’s instalment of the BBC Two show.
The couple will be performing the Samba to Michael Bublé’s It Had Better Be Tonight, and Nancy told host Janette that they need “bounce” for their semi-final dance.
“Your time is coming and we need to bounce, a body rotation, we need a hip rotation and we need pretty much everything,” Nancy explained to Rhys and former Strictly pro Janette.
Janette assured Rhys that he had “everything” he needed before Nancy interjected to highlight his weakness.
“We need to mention the feet work I think,” the 30-year-old Chinese dancer explained.
“We really need to push on that feet work because I know we have all the judges looking at your feet to see if they are closed or turned out.”
Rhys chimed in: “Personally, I know for the Jive I really slipped on the footwork and I didn’t give it enough attention as I should have and I really don’t want it to happen for the Samba, so I really want to make sure it’s clean.”
As well as having to master a Samba for the semi-final, Rhys will also be performing a Tango to One Vision by Queen.
“I fought for this song, I think it’s great and it works, the drumbeat is powerful and I wanted it,” Rhys stated.
Rhys was asked if there was anything from his Argentine Tango performance that he would be able to carry forward to his Tango number this Saturday.
He explained: “The characterisation I can carry through, so we have the face and the performance which I can take through to the Tango which is nice.
“But then everything else is ballroom again because the frame is back and we have to be in hold.
“With the Argentine Tango we only had a small bit of walking and even that took a lot of time.
“I don’t know what it is when I get another human in front of me, I just freak out.”
Janette joked: “I hate to break it to you, but this is what this show is about – dancing with another human.”
For the semi-final, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will be performing the Rumba to Maria McKee’s Show Me Heaven, as well as the quickstep to Benny Goodman’s Sing, Sing, Sing.
Bake Off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will be doing the Jive to Coldplay’s Higher Power as well as a Couple’s Choice routine to Adele’s Hometown Glory.
EastEnders’ actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice have been confirmed to be doing the Argentine Tango to Eduardo Rovira’s A Evaristo Carriego and the Waltz to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You.
It Takes Two continues on weekdays on BBC Two at 6.30pm.
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