Key and Sey­mour still two to tango

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE - JACK VAN BEYNEN

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

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