Seann: Give me one-more cha chance

EX­CLU­SIVE: Kiss cheat co­me­dian’s plea to fans ahead of tonight’s show­down

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK JEF­FERIES Show­biz Ed­i­tor

SEANN Walsh re­turns to Strictly tonight hop­ing fans for­give him for be­ing caught kiss­ing Katya Jones.

The shamed pair will dance a Charleston and a source said: “He is des­per­ate to get the chance to move on with Strictly.”

WITH more than 12 mil­lion view­ers ex­pected to watch Strictly tonight, Seann Walsh will be un­der pres­sure to de­liver a top per­for­mance af­ter his kiss­ing shame.

And the co­me­dian is hop­ing fans for­give him over be­ing caught in a boozy clinch with pro­fes­sional part­ner Katya Jones, de­spite now be­ing book­ies’ favourite to be axed this week­end.

The 32-year-old, dumped by girl­friend Re­becca Humphries, is to per­form the Charleston as his “dance of shame” in the first show since the scan­dal out­side a Lon­don pub. A source said: “He knows what he did was wrong but he feels he has done ev­ery­thing he can af­ter kiss­ing Katya and is des­per­ate to get the chance to move on with Strictly and with his life.

“He is train­ing hard and is go­ing to give ev­ery­thing he can in the per­for­mance.

“It is go­ing to be emo­tion-packed as he and Katya know mil­lions across the coun­try are watch­ing their ev­ery move.”

Lad­brokes have Walsh and Jones, 29, 5/4 to be kicked off on Sun­day with bets on them leav­ing pil­ing in.

But the pair were yes­ter­day at El­stree Stu­dios for the first full re­hearsal of the show. The source added: “Cast and crew were of­fer­ing sup­port.

“What­ever they think of the kiss they know it must have been a hor­rid week for them.”

Judge Craig Revel Hor­wood said the best thing for Walsh and Jones was to look for­ward.

He added: “My take was keep them in, make them do the dance of shame.

“It’s im­por­tant you face up to it. Get on with the job and show peo­ple what you’re made of.”

Walsh was caught kiss­ing Jones, mar­ried to dancer Neil, on Oc­to­ber 3 which was Re­becca’s birth­day. He has apol­o­gised.

TROU­BLE Star Seann and Katya

Pair in boozy clinch out­side pub Co­me­dian and ex, Re­becca UP I STEP Walsh dances with Jones IT’S OVER Our story on split LOVE SPLIT

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