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 (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Bill Gibb [email protected]

Steps star Faye Tozer says she still fears a view­ers’ back­lash be­cause of her dance back­ground.

Last week saw one of this se­ries’ big­gest sur­prises when Ash­ley Roberts, al­ways near the top of the leader­board, found her­self in the dance-off.

Some view­ers said they were less likely to back her be­cause the for­mer Pussy­cat Doll’s pop­u­lar­ity had waned be­cause of her ob­vi­ous dance train­ing.

“It was a big shock to ev­ery­one when Ash­ley was in the dance-off,” Faye said, speak­ing be­fore last night’s show.

“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.”

Last night’s show was the quar­ter-fi­nal and the al­ways pop­u­lar Mu­si­cals Week.

– Strictly star Faye Tozer

Faye (43) and pro­fes­sional part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice per­formed a Charleston to The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Mu­sic.

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,” she adds.

“I’m eat­ing bet­ter, get­ting to bed. There has been no late par­ty­ing other than hav­ing a few drinks af­ter the show on a Sat­ur­day. I’ve re­ally had to rein it in.”

Faye Tozer eyes Strictly fi­nal

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