During the second week of this year’s Strictly – the first week that couples were up for elimination – Jamie found himself in the bottom two with his partner Karen, up against former Labour politician Jacqui Smith and her professional partner Anton Du Beke.
While the judges voted to keep Jamie and Karen in the competition, the Made In Chelsea star said that afterwards, his morale was at a low point.
However, Karen helped to give him a boost when he was preparing to dance for what could have been his last time on the show, he recollected.
‘My confidence definitely got shattered after being in the dance off, I’m not going to lie. It wasn’t that high at the beginning anyway,’ the 32-year-old said.
‘It’s one of those things, Karen just said to me: ‘Look, we get to dance again’, and that’s so true.’
Jamie explained to The Sun that he and Karen turned being in the dance-off from a negative to a positive, as it meant they had the ‘amazing opportunity’ to showcase their routine one more time.
‘It’s the most amazing opportunity, someone has to be in the dance off and rather than see it as a negative, we get to dance again and that’s what’s great,’ he said.
The reality television personality added that training has taken a significant toll on his partner, as she has invested so much in his development as a dancer.
‘I’m 100/1 to win! This whole competition is about a journey. Karen and I are certainly on a journey,’ he stated.
‘I started with no dance experience whatsoever, now I’ve done really hard dances.
‘Poor Karen is honestly at death’s door, I think, because of all the effort she’s had to put in with me.’
This week, Jamie and Karen are set to perform their Couple’s Choice routine, taking on a street/commercial dance to Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C&C Music Factory.
Jamie was originally supposed to compete in last year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
He was replaced by former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, who went on to win the show with his partner, Oti Mabuse.
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 7.15pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.