It’s not about my experience, it is about my hard grafting
TV dance star says she has to convince viewers of hard work
Faye Tozer says she still fears a Strictly viewers’ backlash because of her dance background.
The Steps star and pro partner Giovanni Pernice topped the leaderboard last night with their second 40 score of the series.
A quirky Charleston to The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound Of Music brought squeals of delight from head judge Shirley Ballas, who told the pop singer: “You were flawless. You were timeless!”
Yet some viewers have admitted they are less likely to back competitors with an extensive dancing background, such as former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts, and Faye admitted it was a concern for her, too.
“It was a big shock to everyone when Ashley was in the dance-off,” said Faye, speaking before last night’s quarter-finals. “It just shows that the audience needs to get voting if they want their favourites to get through.
“There has always been people of different abilities through all of the series and there are people this year who are absolutely amazing. I do have dance experience and I can pick up routines pretty quickly. But the moves I learned with Steps aren’t quite ballroom and it’s all down to the graft you put in in the rehearsal room.”
With the final now less than two weeks away, Faye admits she doesn’t want to fall short.
“I would be absolutely heartbroken to go out this week,” she said.
“I don’t listen to stuff about being a favourite and try not to read things because I don’t want to put that pressure on myself.”
Faye, who has lost a lot of weight, is looking forward to being able to have a real Christmas blow-out when it’s all over.
Meanwhile, though, she is intent on giving her all.
“I have been more focused on this than anything I have ever done,” said Faye. “I’m eating better. There has been no late partying other than a few drinks after the show. I’ve really had to rein it in.”
Faye Tozer eyes Strictly final