Wednesday 12 December 2018

Strictly’s Oti Mabuse admits Jonnie Peacock took the lead when she forgot steps

Mabuse credited the couple’s week five success to Peacock remembering how to start the dance.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Strictly Come Dancing 2017

By Francesca Gosling

Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse confessed that she had to be led by partner Jonnie Peacock when she forgot her own choreography during the live show.

The pair landed themselves a third-position slot on the BBC One show’s leader board on Saturday, following their quickstep to Stevie Wonder’s Part-Time Lover.

But Mabuse credited their success to her partner after her mind went blank at the crucial moment.

She told BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two on Tuesday: “I forgot the choreography – me, the person who made it.

“I suddenly thought ‘what are we doing here’, but then Jonnie lifted me and said ‘5, 6, 7, Oti, come on!'”

Her modest partner said: “We made a couple of small mistakes, but generally it went really well.”

With just a few days to go before the hotly-anticipated Halloween special episode comes to screens this weekend, he gave an insight into rehearsals for his and Mabuse’s performance, a Cha Cha Cha to Olly Murs and Flo Rida hit Troublemaker.

He joked: “This is the first dance where my hips have to move. I hadn’t even seen my hips move before. It could be very Halloween-esque.”

The full list of spooky-themed dances for the other remaining contestants includes:

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – Tango to Maneater (Nelly Furtado)

Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara – Paso Doble to Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)

Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova – Rumba to Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Charleston to Frankie (Sister Sledge)

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec – Jive to Ever Fallen In Love (The Buzzcocks)

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – Foxtrot to Trouble (Coldplay)

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard – Cha Cha Cha to Better The Devil You Know (Kylie Minogue)

Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke – Quickstep to the Bewitched Theme Song

Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton – Viennese Waltz to Delilah (Tom Jones)

Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton – Foxtrot to Killer Queen (Queen)

Strictly Come Dancing continues at 6.35pm on BBC One on Saturday.

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