GRIMSBY dance ace Kevin Clifton was left “overwhelmed” by the many messages of support after his fantastic performance on Strictly Come Dancing – and he was “incredibly proud” of singer Frankie Bridge.
He revealed his joy on Twitter tonight when he wrote: “Overwhelmed with all the messages of support about me and @FrankieTheSats waltz last night. Incredibly proud of her, she worked so hard. Thank you.”
He also wrote: “I was a bit starstruck when @TheSaturdays came to support me and @FrankieTheSats last night at @bbcstrictly! Thanks girls.”
Kevin, who topped the leader board with Frankie, also praised his fiancée, Karen Hauer and her dance partner, Mark Wright.
Kevin wrote: “Very proud of @MarkWright_ and @karen_hauer last night. Thought their cha cha was awesome. Love it when people are so full of energy.”
Frankie was earlier also on top of the world after she and Kevin finished top in a dazzling Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza.
Kevin teamed up with the pop star from The Saturdays to triumph in the second live show of the new series.
The sizzling duo waltzed to the tear-jerking hit Someone Like You by Adele – and they attracted a stream of impressed comments from the notoriously hard-to-please judges.
Frankie later wrote on Twitter: “I’m having the best time! We’re a strictly family already! Never want it to end!”
She also wrote: “Week 1!!! What an amazing weekend!!!”
Meanwhile, Karen Hauer, Kevin’s girlfriend, wrote on Twitter: “Really proud of @MarkWright_ @bbcstrictly first one down buddy! Had a blast with you out on that dance floor.”
Mark himself wrote: “Having an after show drink !! Glad I got through it tonight. I feel relieved!! Bring on next week!! Loved it #scd.”
Kevin’s sister, Joanne Clifton did not fare so well but remained positive on Twitter, writing: “Me n @scott_mills will be coming back fighting next week ! #smallbutmighty.”
Her partner, Scott Mills, wrote: “Might need your votes next week! But thanks for all the support so far. Will train hard all week #SCD2014.”
Kevin and Frankie scored a total of 30 points, two points clear of EastEnders actor Jake Wood on 28. Jake had appeared on Friday’s programme.
Frankie, looking stunning in a sparkling green dress, took Kevin to see her performing at a Wembley concert recently.
Kevin predicted before their dance: “We could go all the way to the final.”
Presenter Tess Daly told Frankie: “Wasn’t that just beautiful? Absolutely lovely, my darling.”
Judge Darcey Bussell said Frankie was a “major hit” with her performance and told her that there was a “beautiful feeling throughout the dance”.
She added: “You are a joy to watch.”
Len Goodman said: “That without doubt is the best dance of Week One.”
Bruno Tonioli said the dance was “deliciously romantic” and he added: “I loved every moment of you. You did that very, very well. It was believable all the way through. What a way to start.”
Craig Revel Horwood said the dance was “graceful, elegant and romantic”. He told Frankie: “You followed Kevin’s lead beautifully. Well done.”
Afterwards, Kevin told Frankie that she had done a “great job”. She was very emotional because her four bandmates from The Saturdays were in the studio to watch her.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s fiancée, Karen Hauer, teamed up with Mark Wright, who is best known for his appearances on The Only Way Is Essex and for winning I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.
They performed the cha cha to the sounds of I’m Your Man by Wham! – the hit featuring George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.
Before they danced, Karen said: “I’m over the moon about dancing with Mark. He’s extremely nice. I see a lot of potential in Mark so I’m going to be making him work.”
The couple scored a total of 24 points, with five from Craig, seven from Darcey, six from Len and six from Bruno.
Len said the dance started off “very encouragingly” but then Mark “got over-excited” and it all “got a bit quick”.
Len added: “Then you stuck in that silly handstand. I thought that’s a bit daft.”
Glossing over a naughty reference from Len to Free Willy, he then declared: “You have got fantastic potential. I really mean that. You have just got to calm down.”
Bruno said Mark and Karen had “great energy” and he “tried extremely hard”. He added: “Your energy overrode the finesse of the steps.”
Acid-tongued Craig reluctantly praised Mark for his dance with Karen. Mark was “cute” and a “bit cheeky”.
He agreed with Len on the handstand. “The handstand donkey kick has to go, darling,” he said.
Darcey was more positive and told Mark: “You have got definitely a future in this competition. You are going to go far.”
Mark admitted it was “just petrifying” but said he was “happy” about his dance performance.
“It has been hard,” he said. “I have never done it. I have got through the dance. I managed to complete it so I’m happy.”
Karen told Mark: “I am so proud of you. I know he was so petrified.”
On Friday night, Joanne and Radio One DJ Scott received just 16 points from the four judges for their cha cha to the Robbie Williams hit Rock DJ. They were left bottom of the scoreboard that night and remained so after the second programme.
Craig Revel Horwood told Scott: “A Zimmer frame has more movement than I saw there. You were lifting your knees sky high, darling, like you were having a tantrum of some description.”
Bruno Tonioli described the dance as “robotic, neurotic, hypnotic” and added: “Your intentions were very good. The entertainment value was there.”
Source: Grimsby Telegraph