It takes two to Tango and that’s what I'm finding out this week with Flavia to guide me through the steps of this passion packed ballroom dance.
It was a late night journey back to Wales, but it went quickly as I was over the moon to have made it through another week.
There really is no place like home. But then I was up bright and early to deal with the pile of fan mail that has started to flood in. Then down to the practice rooms to let Flavia put me through my paces.
This week the BBC have also done some filming around my house and the fabulous scenic Snowdonia. I think you’ll enjoy seeing the house and the mountains. The BBC film crew are staying at the Oakeley and they give the special “Oakeley” ribs a big thumbs up!
It’s a precise, non-smiley, aggressive dance to get a handle on but Flavia makes everything seem so simple and straightforward. She is a great teacher and a wonderful charismatic partner as you’ll see on Saturday.
Monday saw me doing my regular slot with Steve Wright in the Afternoon and Flavia came along with me to the BBC studios to make a very special guest appearance that everyone loved. Steve was delighted to hear Flavia and I am sure it made his day – well it would wouldn’t it! Praise indeed from Mr. Wright when he told Flavia that it was my “infectious enthusiasm that made me so watchable”.
A blustery, showery Wednesday with a definite nip in the air saw more outdoor filming and a gruelling practice session that left me wearily wacked out but all fired up for what I hope will be a scintillating Saturday.
Lamb chops for dinner! The waning waistline keeps on shrinking. I feel on top of the world and hoping and praying to make it successfully through the weekend.
The fabulous support and affection that have come my way since the show began have been wonderful from Facebook and Twitter to email and snail mail so many messages of encouragement have come flooding in it takes my breath away. Thank you all so much.
See you Saturday
“Thanks for being there!”
We know who we're rooting for, and we can't wait till Saturday. You can do it Russell; big cheers from all at the Oakeley! xx
We'll be hearing more from the Strictly camp next week so check back for an update soon!