Danny Mac: Strictly Come Dancing an 'escape' during 'tough week'
Strictly Come Dancing star Danny Mac revealed that the show has been an "escape" after a difficult week at home.
He and partner Oti Mabuse topped the judges' leader board on last weekend's show with their Argentine tango to I Heard It Through the Grapevine, by Marvin Gaye.
But Mac had more than dancing on his mind as he said on the show that it had been a "tough week" for his "dad".
On Sunday night, he tweeted the Strictly team, writing: "Personally you guys have carried me through more than just a dancing competition this week and I'm so grateful."
But speaking to Zoe Ball on the show's BBC Two spin-off It Takes Two on Wednesday evening, he said: "The dance was my escape from that and I threw myself into it.
"It was fantastic for me and really helpful. I was so focussed, it was all I could think about."
Ball passed on well wishes to his father.
After their success in week eight, Mac and Mabuse will be dancing the Charleston to Gregory Porter's Puttin' On The Ritz as the show moves to Blackpool on Saturday.
Barely hours after getting to grips with the dynamic dance's steps, Mac said: "It's a lot of fun, but you don't realise the effort.
"It's so difficult - I can't just use my legs, I've got to use everything."
The show also looked at the progress that the other six remaining couples had made as they reached the halfway point in their week of training.
Ed Balls admitted he had misunderstood the dance step "kick ball change" as "kick ball and chain," while dancer Joanne Clifton said her partner, Ore Oduba, struggled with counting.
Wednesday's programme opened with the guests performing their own Mannequin Challenge, ignoring Ball's greeting as they held theatrical poses in silence.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.55pm.
It will come after a busy week for Oduba and contestant Greg Rutherford, who both celebrate their 30th birthdays on Thursday.