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“I’m just hoping I’m celebrating still being on the show. That would be the perfect birthday present from the judges – but we’ll see.” Joe, who last night performed a Doctor Zhivago themed Viennese waltz, is glad he wasn’t the first to be booted off. But he was gutted for fellow Holby City favourite Chizzy Akudolu last week. He said: “Chizzy was first and that’s a hard position to fill because we all really get on. “Someone said the other day that you’d be happy to sit beside anyone here at a dinner party, and it’s so
Joe’s received tips from formerer shadow chancellor Ed Balls, whoo became last year’s Strictly comedy y turn while dancing with Katya.
The actor said: “Ed came too rehearsals during our f irst week, because we thought it would be usefull to have some input.
“He was really encouraging and gave me some tips about doing the show.
“It wasn’t so much dancing tips but more about performance. I mean, he’s such a good performer and so committed.
“He really threw himself into hiss performances last year.
“The thing I picked up from him wasas not to be half-hearted about it, to really go for it.
“Ed said the audience are really behind you, so play to them, let the cameras find you.
“It was really good advice and the sortt of thing you only realise when you’ve donee it. He gave me some useful tips.” Joe’s also keen to do his family proud. He said: “My family are talking aboutut coming down. My sister’s going to comeme to London and I think my brother’s comingng tto Blackpool. I just need to get that far.
“My mum’s not around any more andd I ddon’t think dad will make it down. He’de’d mmaybe come to the tour if I’m doing that.t.
“He’s Irish and from Donegal. The impressionression I get is that he’s thrilled I’m doing it – but GGlaswegians and Irish, you know what they’re llike, they’re not forthright in their praise. “I think he’s quietly happy that I’m doing it.” Joe, who plays surgeon Raf di Lucca in Holby, ssaid he’s given no thought to being crowned tthis year’s winner.
He said: “I’m really not thinking that far ahead. CCertain dances you enjoy more than others, so iif you get the wrong dance on the wrong day tthen you’re going home.
“I’m literally taking it week by week and ttrying to stay in this weekend.
“It’s hard to say who is the favourite. It’s a really strong line-up, so it’s anyone’s guess at the minute.
“You can’t know what way the voting will go. I’ve tried in past years to predict the outcome and always got it wrong, so
we’ll see.” The Corrie actress and her dancedanc partner confirmed theirheirth relationship by posting a jointjoi selfie on Instagram in January 2016 but split up in AugustA last year. The Countdown star left her husband for Pasha, her dance partner in the 2013 series. They are still together. The rugby player split from his wife in 2014 and started dating his partner from the 2013 show, Kristina. They have a daughter, Mia, who was born in June 2016. The 2010 champions wowed audiences with their on-screen chemistry, which bubbled over into real life. They moved in together in 2011 but split three years later. In 2007, Flavia broke off her 11-year relationship with dance partner Vincent Simone and waltzed off with the young Hustle actor. Their relationship lasted three years. She then quick-stepped off with her 2010 partner, Corrie actor Jimi Mistry. They married in 2013.
BULLET Rest of caption in here thanks caption in here thanks SHOW TIME With Katya on Strictly, top, and in Holby City RUMOURS Mollie King THEY’RETHE SUM COUPLE Pasha and Rachel SHOW PAIRS Ben and Kristina, top, and Kara with Artem