Of all the Strictly Come Dancing couples last weekend, it’s fair to say that Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden had a bit of a shocker last week.
Their Quickstep to ‘Freedom’ by Pharrell Williams scored the couple just 22 from the judges, who said the performance contained “many mistakes” while Craig Revel Horwood said it “went completely out of wack”.
“It snowballed and then didn’t recover,” Shirley Ballas added. “I really believe it was a misstep of nerves that couldn’t be picked up.”
Speaking on today’s (November 8) Strictly: It Takes Two, Danny and Amy were on hand to reflect on their performance – and their shock that the public saved them from a place in the bottom two.
“I was so ready to do it, we’d just done a fantastic dress run – the best we’d ever done, and then…” Danny began. “I did get it back, but I started to look like a two left-footed pogo stick.
“I was devastated – I let down everybody. All the people at home, family, friends, [Amy’s] family.”
Despite the low score, Danny and Amy were spared having to perform again in the dance-off, which instead saw Charles Venn and Karen Clifton face Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara, with Dr Ranj and Janette being the latest to be eliminated.
“I was totally shocked,” Danny remembered of the moment he realised he was through to next week. “I couldn’t hear anything, it’s like I was surrounded in cotton wool and it was like, ‘Was that my name?’
“And I looked back up at Dr Ranj because I thought, ‘Hold on a minute’, and then it was just like, ‘Oh, we’re through’. And it was like, really? I couldn’t calculate what was going on at that point.”
As for professional dancer Amy, she described them getting through as a “bittersweet feeling”, but it doesn’t seem like their low score will mean that she goes any easier on Danny on the choreography front.
“Danny wants a challenge,” she told host Zoe Ball. “He came into this competition and he said he wants to be able to leave knowing a proper cha cha, a proper quickstep, a proper waltz, so I’ve got to challenge him every week.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday (November 10) on BBC One.
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