Safely through: Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge
Saved: Karen Hauer and Mark Wright were saved by the Strictly Come Dancing judges after finding themselves pitted against Bargain Hunt’s antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and his partner Natalie Lowe in the dance-off.
KEVIN Clifton’s fiancee Karen Hauer and her dance partner, TOWIE star Mark Wright were saved by judges after finding themselves in the bottom two on last night’s Strictly Come Dancing.
In a bizarre twist of events, the pair found themselves in the bottom two after the public vote, despite judges giving the duo 29 points the night before when they performed a Quickstep to Tiger Feet, by Mud.
But once the judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes, they joined with Bargain Hunt’s antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and his partner Natalie Lowe in the dance-off.
After both sets had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts. Craig, Darcey and Bruno all voted to save Mark and Karen.
Reflecting on the result Tim said: “It’s a great treat to be on a programme like Strictly.
“For an old geezer like me, who comes along in his 64th year and he’s slightly portly, and he thinks he’s a bit over the hill, this last month, with this delightful teacher, has taken me to a very special place.
“Thank you very much, and thank you to my lovely Nat.”
Waltham’s Kevin and his dance partner, Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, were safe with their impressive Cha Cha to Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen, which scored four eights from the judges.
Also through were his sister Joanne Clifton and radio DJ Scott Mills, who scored just 15 from the judges in Saturday night’s live show.
Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph after the show, Kevin and Joanne’s dad Keith Clifton said: “It was shock, it was a difficult night. To have Karen and Mark in the dance-off was a shock and the way the marks work on the show, nobody is really that safe. If you’re in the middle of the leaderboard before the public vote, you’re still in trouble of ending up in the dance-off, you need to be in the top four to nearly be safe.
“They didn’t dance in a way that suggested they should be in the bottom.”
Keith said he was also shocked that Joanne and Scott managed to avoid the dance-off.
Scott, who was a complete dance novice before starting the show, was given some fairly harsh comments after his performance this weekend.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood said Scott was the exception to the rule, that everybody could learn to dance.
Keith added: “Scott really struggled. He knows he did but the public saved the pair of them and thankfully Grimsby’s three amigos are still in the competition.
“All Scott and Joanne can do is take things one dance at a time but we’re very grateful that they are receiving support from the public.
“It’s still a very open contest, you need to remember that Abbey Clancy was in the dance-off in week three and went on to win it, perhaps Kevin and Frankie will be in the dance-off next week – you never know.
“If a different dance comes along, your fortunes could change all over again.”
Source: Grimsby Telegraph