It’s not about my ex­pe­ri­ence, it is about my hard graft­ing

TV dance star says she has to con­vince view­ers of hard work

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Bill Gibb [email protected]

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

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