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Keeeep dancing?

well its been a week and im bored out my mind. i told you i had the bug for dancing and although its been nice relaxing and recharging in the maldives(yeah i said maldives.santas treat) i really wish i was dancing this week. I always knew i was goin to miss it and i guess i always will as there is no other feeling to working so intense all week and walking out in front of that audience and the nation. Im missing learning a new routine,and when i get back im gonna hav to find some classes or somethin to keep me goin.

just a quick thankyou to everyone who voted for us throughout the series,sorry it may have seemed like a wasted vote but im grateful for the support and walk away with my head held high knowing we topped the leaderboard consistantly and in the final and were told by headjudge Len that we were the best dancers.im just sorry to Natalie,my friends,family and everyone who supported us,as i know it will have been disappointing, I walk away from strictly a very happy man but with a big hole to fill,i love dancin and would like to keep on doin it in numerous ways in the future so watch this space. thanks again for the support and an experience ill never forget

changing faces dentures


The Final

Well the time for the final two couples to hit the floor is now,its been a long 4 months and im shattered,im not sure my body could last another week,it is truely exhausted as i have given everythin and carried injuries for months. I have one more night to press through and i am starting to realise that its all coming to an end,an end that i dont want. I would love to continue dancing as it has stoked a fire in my belly and ive loved every minute of it and now its coming to an end,even with all my aches and pains,i dont wanna stop. This is the best experience of my life and i wish i could come back next year and dance again,who knows maybe they will have me back for a show dance or ask me for tour. We listened to the audience and fans and they have chosen quickstep and cha cha,rehearsals went well today and it was strange getting back into old routines,hopefully they will be as good as everyone remembers as i dont wanna let anyone down. Hopefully they can be even better this time. The lindy hop is fun and me and nat have some great aerials in our solo parts to showcase what we can do in the dance. Then we have the showdance,what could we come up with to wow the fans. How could we beat that lift from the american smooth?answer? watch our showdance because if we pull the lifts off as they are meant to go,they are fantastic,the last lift is actually 3 lifts in one and very tricky getting nat into the different positions,they are combinations that have never been done and very excitin to attempt. I hope everyone likes them and all our dances,there is a little somethin in the showdance for everyone without alienating the hardcore strictly fans so there will be dancing involved,it wont be strictly come lifting!!! so fingers crossed,im going to go out there and give it everythin ive got and hope its enough to prove to the public i deserve to lift that trophy,if not,ive had the time of my life and i walk away proud and with my head held high,what a journey…..


Thankyou & i owe you all

That has to be one of the greatest nights ive ever had and definately the greatest career wise. Firstly i would just like to say thankyou to absolutely everyone who has supported us and picked up their phones and voted for us. Without you guys and your support there is now way we could have made it to the final. We knew it wasnt enough to come top,that just helped,we needed support and this weekend when it mattered it came in abundance so thankyou. That semi final was my final and i danced it so,i honestly thought i was gone and even had my leaving speech in my head. Il admit it,i was on top of the world,i had just performed a beautiful waltz(very emotional) and my favourite dance of all time,the one i wanted to do long before i appeared on strictly,the argentine tango. I think they were my two favourite dances of the series,to get a standing ovation,the amazing comments from the judges,the standing ovation from the pros when we got back to Tess’ area and finding out my dad was in the crowd to see all that with tears in his eyes,made that night perfect. It only needed my mum there too and someone very special to me and i would have left that night the happiest chappy on the planet! Though i think i was anyway,it was magical and i was happy to walk away with my head held high. To hear our names called out was a massive shock and i cant thank you enough,i will just make sure that we pay you back by coming up with 4 dances worthy of the final and not just good routines but showstoppin winning routines!! i want this to be my best performances ever and it will all be for every single person who voted and supported us. You have made a dream come true so thankyou again and i owe you,hopefully see you saturday……showtime


my dad on ITT

how great is the bigman,the man who shaped my life and made me the person i am today,my idol. Just wanna say thanks to him for his support as well as my mum and relatives,friends,family,work colleages,koala(formally known as leach). cant believe he gets more airtime than me on that show though ha ha,glad he enjoyed it,bless him he had so much he wanted to say but didnt get the opportunity so told me on the phone. He pushed me so hard as a kid to be better,stronger,faster,to have respect,appreciate where ive come from and going to,to love everyone as you get what you give,treat others how id like to be treated myself. I was very lucky to be raised by two amazin parents with two great siblings in chris and debs,thankyou carley for your support too,it means so much,i love you all and hope i can make you proud x


quarter finals

well its been another tough week as we approach the later stages. funnily enough we had both routines down by the monday night which is actually ahead of schedule. Normally we are still running through it tuesday night tryin to finish it rough so it was a good start considering the tough task of two dances. So all was goin well til my little bout of man flu, which wiped me out for wed/thurs,i just had nothing in the tank,i was shattered and searching for breath after the first half of the foxtrot never mind the cha cha!!! So everythin for a reason and i put the good start down to i was gonna need to take it easy later that week…i believe in fate and somethin clicked earlier in the week and without that head start we would have been in a lot of trouble this week. Still a lot of work to do but im happy with this weeks routines,foxtrot is graceful and sweepin to frank sinatras marvelous,one for Len,very technical,intricate footwork,i hope they show it on camera this time as Natalie has given me some outrageous pro steps.When they come off,it feels and looks beautiful so im looking forward to that!! The cha cha is fun and one for the audience at home,craig,bruno,alesha and darcy . Again its not an easy routine,Nat doesnt do easy,she likes to push me and wants me to develop which i love,i love the challenges she sets. Its technical and travels and is great fun to dance. I have loved dancing them both yet sayin that they are both very hard and i hope i can do them justice and come back this week fighting. We and especially i owe everyone who picked up the phone and voted last week and every week,everyone who has said lovely things to us whether it be on the street,in papers,on tv and on forums,love our appreciation threads guys(thank you again,i now know you read my site). We owe everyone to go out there this week and give it everythin we have to entertain you and inspire you to vote. Im havin a great time and dont want to go anywhere,im lovin the show. so fingers crossed this week for two clean entertainin performances, luuuuuuurrrrvin my job!!!!!!


American Smooth

Its been another crazy week of juggling hollyoaks and strictly,Nat has been in london alot for children in need,we are doin something for them again this morning,so hours have been limited but the hours we have done have been productive and focused,im just hopin i can stay in long enough to get to the period where hollyoaks have trimmed my storyline so im not in as much allowing more training time. Its been tough but im lovin it. Ive gone from the fastest dance in the series(jive) to the slowest in american smooth and i think faster is easier!! Slow movements have put a big stain on my weak knees. After my leg break i hadnt really strengthened them as much as i should so moving slowly with bent knees really hurts,its a similar pain to the one i felt during rhumba. But it wont put me off and im really looking forward to this sat. Nat has come up with another beautiful routine with a spectacular finish. We are dancing a slow foxtrot american smooth to somewhere over the rainbow. A beautiful and powerful song that will finish with a daring and risky lift. It will either be a beautiful and spectacular routine or it could end in disaster and i wouldnt want the pressure of having to nail it clean in a dance off so im preying for a clean routine and just hope that everyone enjoys it at home and appreciates the work we have put in this week to try and entertain. We will never go simple and will always try to make it exciting or beautiful for the viewers(it is an entertainment show after all) so i hope everyone likes it. I think it looks lovely when done well,ive just got to make sure its clean. So im a bit more nervous this week as normally its just a clean performance that i have to worry about,this week there is an element of danger,so not just graceful and smooth,i have to be strong and powerful especially in the second lift!!! …..Pressure!!!!  Hoping everyone is feeling better this week after a crazy weekend last time around. The girls along with ronnie did very well but lets hope Brucie is better,along with Laila and Jade,i hope they can dance because they have been so consistant and raising the bar every week,Jades tango was going to be so good so fingers crossed for everyone and hopefully i wont drop Nat and we can look back and really call it american SMOOTH


Friday 13th Aftermath

Thats what im puttin it down to. Everything went crazy this weekend so im puttin it down to being friday 13th weekend where we all had to be careful!! Big shout out to Jade,hope her injury isnt to bad. Not sure how it works whether shes back next week or not but all i can say is everyone missed out on what was gonna be her best dance yet. She was great in the dress run and had worked so hard all week. It was gonna be her best dance to date and i told her she would top the board,they looked powerful and it really suited her. Its a shame she couldnt perform it as it would have been a great highlight of the show,so get well soon big sis!! Next little lai-lai,poor laila decided to dance on her sprained ankle and did so well to even get down the stairs. I was fit when i did my rhumba in week 1 and i struggled with the physical strains never mind with an injury like she had so well done for tryin and showing what a great competitor you are,i love her and hope she too can recover soon. Think she has a ballroom next so could be a bit better for her ankle wise,no doubt anton will look after either way,he cracks me up(woody from toy story-anyone see that?….yeah now i can see ya thinkin it ha ha,he’ll kill me ha ha_) Sadly the big man tuffers is out…GUTTED!!!! This man has had me in stitches since day one in our group dance to last night. He is funny ,genuine,friendly,helpful and always had a smile on his face and will probably be the biggest miss for me backstage as we were always the naughty kids at the back. Now ive got nobody to blame and will just take all the flak,doh. Its such a shame because i probably had more fun last night than any other show this series. Tuffers,myself,ricky,cassidy had a great time back stage and banter was flowing,such a shame too as his routine was beautiful,gonna miss ya big man!! gonna throw in ‘one of them’ and “dont forget ive got a…’ and hey ‘dont watch the eyes’,,argh gutted,we had a giggle! Jive was fun tho,again not long to rehearse but a bit longer than last week(still less than 10hours),hopefully if i could just get a bit further down the line,hollyoaks have give me a bit more time so fingers crossed i get to later rounds,id have way more hours to play with then i can really let go,so am gonna need help from everyone in the hope that i can pay you back with better performances. But a massive thankyou from everyone that has supported us,it means alot to know that you are still enjoyin what we are tryin to bring to the show,we are workin hard to entertain you guys at home as its you guys that get us through each week.I know that top score can still leave you in the dance off so thankyou to everyone who has voted. Hoping i can pay you back each week by workin even harder in the studios,got a lovely american smooth this week so lift time baby!!!! Wish i hadnt of lost all that weight and bulk now ha ha,cant wait to get started tomoz,anyway,im off to do my homework and scour youtube for dances and study how my technique is supposed to be. man i love this show


jive bunny

im not bein funny and at the risk of sounding like a broken record….man this is a fast dance!!! Every week i point out how fast the routine is and im sorry but they are,but surely this is as fast as they get now? Surely i can relax after this one,if they get any faster,my legs are gonna fall off!! Its gonna be great fun,lots of technical steps but after the seriousness of the tango last week,we wanted to have fun this week and really show our characters. Again i have struggled for hours this week but at least we have had more than last week. I was really proud when i heard a couple had had 30 hours training and i was way down with only 8and a half,it was a really tough routine and although a perfectionist,i could be really proud of how well we did. Sadly we made a few mistakes but my mind wasnt as focused as it should have been and we were just under rehearsed so i lacked consistency. The dress run went well but i couldnt perform it well everytime,that comes with more training hours. I use the hours to know the routine inside and out then come sat night i can just enjoy the performance,hopefully i can get to that stage this week. If i dance a clean performance,its less pressure in front of the judges,if i make mistakes at this stage,everyone is doin so well,ill be gone. Everyone was so good last week and this comp is really hotting up,and no doubt everyone will be even better this week. Really sad craig went,he has been so funny to work with and i have a good friend there. He always danced with a smile on his face!!  Missed my train south due to filming this morning too so have missed physio….doh!!! will hopefully try sort something tonight or tomorrow before the show. fingers crossed


Blackpool Tango

Well its the early hours of saturday morning,im a little nervous this week. its blackpool,bigger crowd,each couple are dancing out of their skin,pressure is on after 3 10’s last week,tango is a tough dance and Nats has given me a hard fast routine….did you ever doubt she would? The routine is amazing again,she is so good its scary. However,this week has been tough as we have been way down on the training hours board with less than 10 hours. i have been so busy at hollyoaks filmin 7am to 9pm,yes now we are doin late shoots into the night now,great,it was tough before. So unfortunately we are not as prepared as we should be but thats my cue to go in early and train on my own so i know the routine inside and out. I had trouble with the quickstep and this is what i did last week. I went over it again and again until it was locked in. If i could just get that time to work on it,it will be a great night,so there is work to do. Had a little bump in my car this week as the papers have picked up on but just wanna say to all those lovely peeps who worried and sent msgs,im fine,bit stiff but i cant tell if thats the crash or the tough tango routine!! No excuses,we go out there and try to entertain everyone. Im having fun performing it,so hopefully this comes across despite my tango face(no smile)


Sunday-The Aftermath

wow what a weekend!! i would like to start by thanking everyone who is voting for us,we are having so much fun and dont wanna stop dancing. We want to keep entertaining and having fun so thank you for allowing us to do that. I say this because the weekend threw up a crazy result where a fantastic couple who should have been in the final were voted out. Zoe since day 1 has been an amazing friend who i admire greatly. She always had a smile on her face and was a genuinely lovely girl who i am honoured to have got to know and was gonna do great things in this comp before her exit. James too from day 1 has always been there for me with advice and i have used him as a role model on the dance floor. If i felt uncomfortable with any moves or girlie( i have a nak of doin girlie movements,Nat can only go so far to show me the masculine movements so the male pros are there to help,they dont have to but just do,they are such gents) james was always first across to advise me. He plays the bad boy and joker and he is,but he has a side that people dont see,the real pro that is there for everyone. Thanks for everything james,you two will be sorely missed and i cant wait til we dance again at the end of the series. Next can i say well done to Ali for getting through two performances when she was in so much pain,i know how she felt,i was in agony last week and wasnt looking forward to the dance off but if i had to,i waould have gone through the pain barrier as i did the first time,Ali went further and did do it twice. She was obviously in pain and still got through it. Anyone who says this show isnt hard is delusional,and anyone who questions Ali deserving to be here,that performance despite the pain is all people need to think about,well done lovely. She is a lovely girl who is doing really well and im proud i was her friend before this,i want to see her do really well and Brian is doin great things,they are a great partnership!! Onto my amazing partner,well well well,miss Lowe,what can i say? She has outdone herself again,she proved yet again her choreography is second to none, it was such an amazing routine and was an absolute pleasure to perform. Again i sang through the whole song and really enjoyed it from start to finish!! She has proved what a great teacher she is to get me through it,that was a tough routine but she pushed and pushed and said i could do it,i needed her to push me. It was a hard week but she was patient and determined to impress Bruno this week. In ballroom,she always wants to impress Len,he is head judge and loves ballroom,but Bruno wanted no mistakes after last week and it stuck with Nat. Probably more with me that her though,she does the hard work. Her choreography is always a 10,she is and the only thing letting her down each week was me,so i guess i finally feel ive made her proud. She always says she is but after a 39,no 40 due to bandy legs(i broke my leg craig,what can i do,they are shaped that way but i will try my best to impress you,i reeeeeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyyy want a 10 from him now) i feel i really have proved myself to her. There was still alot more that could have been done to improve the performance and thats something we will improve on each week,but the 10’s have got me brownie points for the weekend. However its back to the studio monday and she doesnt rest on those scores,she is onto tango for blackpool. She could have got 40 and still would have forgot about it by sunday,you cant rest on your last performance,everyone raised their game this week and scores were high,you cant make mistakes now,people are improving and its anyones comp. We have to work hard again and try to pull out another show like saturday. Possibly better as everyones is gettin so good. So two dances,tango and the group swing this week at the blackpool ballroom,two dances,same amount of time,the stakes just went up,lets hope we can all do well again in blackpool. A quick big up to craig who is goin home,well done mate,his best performance so far by a mile,he smashed it,and Nat cassidy too,this girl is unbelievable, i hope we can stay friends beyond this show,she is great in every way and im glad she is doin so well too,Vincent deserves a good partner as he too is a great guy(i youtube all his performances,he is so good at everything ) he too like james always has advice for me,he is a special guy my ‘piccolino’ ha ha! So after 6 hours group rehearsals,i sit on the train north writing this knowing im getting in about 11pm and it all starts again monday morning at 6:30am,why am i putting myself through all this punishment? ……….Because i love it!!!!!!!


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