Sey­mour: Don’t blame me for Cato’s de­par­ture

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS - Claire Trevett

Act leader David Sey­mour copped some flak on so­cial me­dia after Suzy Cato’s elim­i­na­tion from Danc­ing with

the Stars on Mon­day night but is un­re­pen­tant about his sur­vival and has no plans to with­draw.

De­spite re­peat­edly get­ting much lower scores from the judges than other dancers Sey­mour has steered clear of the bot­tom two cour­tesy of a higher pub­lic vote.

Asked if he felt bad about Cato’s demise, Sey­mour said that was not up to him. “I got into the show be­cause peo­ple voted for me. All the peo­ple who are sad that Suzy went should have voted for her.”

In 2008, former ITV po­lit­i­cal editor John Sergeant with­drew from Strictly

Come Danc­ing in the UK after be­ing re­peat­edly voted in de­spite putting lit­tle ef­fort into it.

At the time he said there was a real danger he might win. “Even for me that would be a joke too far.”

Sey­mour said he was not con­sid­er­ing any such move.

“This is a show about rais­ing money and giv­ing it your best and I know it ir­ri­tates some peo­ple that that’s a pop­u­lar con­cept but as long as peo­ple keep vot­ing for me I’m go­ing to keep danc­ing.”

He said it was pos­si­ble that more peo­ple had voted for him on the show than in the 2017 election. The money from his votes is go­ing to Kid­sline.

On Sun­day night while Sey­mour was at­tempt­ing to twerk on na­tional tele­vi­sion dressed in flu­o­res­cent Richard Sim­mons­esque ex­er­cise gear, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ar­riv­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

Asked what was go­ing through his head at that mo­ment, Sey­mour said he was counting.

“It’s very im­por­tant to count when you dance so while I was twerk­ing what was go­ing through my head was ‘one, two, three, four, five, six’ and, for the Aus­tralian au­di­ence after that comes seven and eight.”

Sey­mour has had to de­fend the time he has spent re­hears­ing rather than work­ing as an MP, say­ing he was at Par­lia­ment no less than other party lead­ers. The Ep­som MP said he had been hold­ing pub­lic meet­ings and had “an en­vi­able record” of at­ten­dance at Par­lia­ment.

Na­tional’s Ep­som can­di­date Paul Gold­smith has man­aged to suc­cess­fully lose the elec­torate to Sey­mour in the past two elec­tions un­der a “deal” Na­tional has done to en­sure Act re­mains in Par­lia­ment.

Asked if Sey­mour’s an­tics could make it harder to main­tain that los­ing record, Gold­smith said it was al­ways more tricky than it looked. “But we are very fo­cused on the party vote in Ep­som and al­ways have been.”

He said it was up to Sey­mour to jus­tify his ac­tions.

“We’ve got free­dom of ex­pres­sion in this coun­try, David is re­spon­si­ble for what­ever he de­cides to do. But I cer­tainly can’t watch it.”

David Sey­mour and dance part­ner Amelia McGregor. Be­low: Suzy Cato and dance part­ner Matt Tat­ton-Brown.

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