Tuesday 16 January 2018

Strictly's Tameka: I'm going to sneak a cha cha into EastEnders

Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez danced a tango to The Heat Is On from Beverly Hills Cop
Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez danced a tango to The Heat Is On from Beverly Hills Cop

Tameka Empson has joked that she is going to sneak a little cha cha into EastEnders following her elimination from Strictly Come Dancing.

The actress - who plays Kim Fox on the BBC soap - became the second celebrity to leave the dancefloor at the weekend, following a dance-off with TV presenter Laura Whitmore.

Appearing on BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two, Empson said she had "loved the whole process" and would "keep dancing".

Host Zoe Ball asked if fans might be seeing a few moves in Albert Square, and Empson said it was a possibility at Christmas.

She teased: "If I can, I'm going to just try and put a little something in there, a little cha cha..."

The actress, 39, admitted she had not expected that she and her professional dance partner Gorka Marquez would be voted off so early in the competition.

She said: "I was surprised if I'm honest, not being big headed, but I really thought I put all the right moves in and I didn't put a foot wrong and just really being in that character.

"I had a bit of pain in my back but at the end of the day I just used that pain to really drive through."

Breaking down in tears, she said she had wanted Marquez to have a longer run on the programme.

She said: "I know I'm not what you would call a dancer, a dancer type, but I do put the work in and I thought I gave it my best shot, and I didn't want it to be so short for you."

Last week radio DJ Melvin Odoom became the first contestant to leave Strictly.

The exit of two black stars has left some fans alleging that viewers had been racist.

David Barber wrote on Twitter: "Strictly voters at home show their racist leanings again. Two shows. Two black dancers eliminated."

Matt Greer wrote: "Nothing shows how racist the UK is quite like Strictly."

But Emzie Langan wrote: "Those who think Strictly is racist because two black celebs have gone need to have a serious word with themselves. Idiots."

And Robert Weaver added: "Is there a racist element to public vote on Strictly? We'll know for sure if Ore (Oduba) goes next week."

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