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Irish Strictly dancer Tristan MacManus reportedly struggling with 'late' Jamelia

Published 29/10/2015 | 11:55

Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing

Irish Strictly dance star Tristan MacManus is reportedly struggling with his celebrity dance partner Jamelia.

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The Loose Women presenter and singer has reportedly been late for rehearsals due to her commitment to the ITV panel show and travelling between Birmingham and London.

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For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Jamelia and her dance partner Tristan MacManus during a dress rehearsal recording for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Embargoed to 2025 Saturday October 10 For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Jamelia and her dance partner Tristan MacManus during a dress rehearsal recording for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

The single mum was also recently busy organising her daughter's 10th birthday.

However, a source told The Mirror that Jamelia's lateness is causing friction with Tristan.

Jamelia attends the red carpet launch of
Jamelia attends the red carpet launch of "Strictly Come Dancing 2015"

“They’re really feeling the pressure after finding themselves in the bottom two last week and it has caused a bit of friction," the source said.

“Jamelia has been late for rehearsals several times and doesn’t seem to be putting in as much effort as Tristan.

Tristan MacManus on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus on Strictly Come Dancing

“He’s one of the new dancers and is super-keen to win.”

This weekend saw Tristan (33) and Jamelia (34) languishing in the bottom two after their lacklustre waltz and faced a dance off with Ainsley Harriott (58) and Natalie Lowe (35).

The judges all voted to save Jamelia, and both she and Tristan will undoubtedly be anxious to avoid the dance off next week.

It's Tristan's first foray into the world of Strictly Come Dancing with the BBC having already made his name in the US on Dancing With the Stars.

Given it's just his second series on Strictly, the drive to make an impression will be overwhelming, especially since he was third to be eliminated with Jennifer Gibney last year.

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The 33 year old dancer, who was born in Bray, launched his TV career as part of the dance troupe on the hit US series before partnering outspoken American TV host Nancy Grace the following and reaching fifth place.

He then paired Gladys Knight and came eighth, and was the first to be eliminated in season 15 with dance partner Pamela Anderson.

His final two series saw him dancing with Olympic gold medallist Dorothy Hamill (who had to withdraw following her ankle and spine injury) and, finally, actress Valerie Harper with whom he was third to be eliminated.

This week it's the Strictly Halloween special and Jamelia and Tristan will be dancing a jive to The Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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