Key and Seymour still two to tango
ONCE upon a time, Sir John Key supported ACT leader David Seymour over his Epsom electorate – now the ex-PM is backing him on an entirely different stage.
Key’s a fully signed-up member of Team David, the supporters whose votes have kept Seymour in reality TV show Dancing with the Stars.
‘‘While I wouldn’t recommend he necessarily gives up the day job or audition for the Bolshoi Ballet, he is affectionately known in our house as ‘Twinkletoes’, and he’s growing into the role of a dancer,’’ said Key.
Key said the enthusiasm Seymour had shown in as part of the Government in 2014 had clearly carried through to his dancing career, and the decision to take part in the show could prove a savvy political move.
‘‘I think Dancing with the Stars gives him an opportunity to show the public that he’s a great guy with a good sense of humour and he doesn’t take himself too seriously,’’ Key said.
While he was flattered by Key’s support, Seymour said his backers weren’t all former political allies.
‘‘It’s impossible that they’re all political supporters because if they are, I’d be out of the show by now,’’ Seymour said.
‘‘The fact that I’ve managed to finish bottom of the judges’ table twice and yet survive through the show indicates that I’m getting enormous support, and it’s coming from really unexpected places.’’
Other members of Team David included hairdresser Rodney Wayne, Auckland Grammar principal Tim O’Connor, and Auckland Council members Desley Simpson and Christine Fletcher, Seymour said.
‘‘I’d like to think that people are supporting me because I have pushed it right out there,’’ Seymour said.
‘‘This is probably the least likely thing that I should do based on my skills.’’ CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF