Kelvin Fletcher, who is currently on tour with the Strictly Come Dancing live tour, has revealed there was a dance from the series which made him and dance partner Oti Mabuse cry. However, it was a routine performed by one of his fellow contestants – but which one?
Strictly superstar Kelvin Fletcher, who stepped in and truly stepped up to replace the injured Jamie Laing, has revealed there was one dance which caused both him and partner Oti Mabuse to cry.
Kelvin is currently on tour with the Strictly live show, where his dance partner is Janette Manrara.
The winner of the seventeenth series of Strictly was paired with Oti Mabuse, the pair sharing a powerful chemistry which secured the Glitterball trophy.
But in an interview he has revealed there was one dance by a fellow contestant which made both him and Oti Mabuse cry.
In the fifth week of Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Paralympian Will Bayley and Janette Manrara performed a Couple’s Choice routine.
In a moving montage, Will explained the inspiration for the dance and explained the challenges he faced as a child.
The Paralympic Games gold medallist shared how he was born with arthrogryposis, a condition which affected all his limbs and constricts extension and flexing in joints.
He explained how he had to have his feet broken and re-set as a child, although surgeons were unable to assist in correcting his hands.
While talking to Saturday Kitchen host Matt Tebbutt about his time on Strictly, Kelvin discussed how the couples would sometimes rehearse near one another.
There was a special occasion, he admitted, he and Oti were privy to a special routine: “Will and Janette – who I’m dancing with on the tour at the minute – they were dancing next door to us in one studio.”
He then revealed the dance they watched: “So I managed to see one of their rehearsals one day, when they did his contemporary dance. They did a Couple’s Choice, they call it.”
Recalling the performance, he spoke about how emotional it was: “It was basically mimicking his life story, so it was really quite emotive, the story behind it.”
Unlike the finished article watched by the public on the Saturday night, it was a stripped-down version: “We got to see a dress rehearsal, if you like, in its rawest form. With no props, with no costume, just on a Thursday afternoon.”
He explained how it affected both him and his dance partner, calling it “incredible”: “It kind of brought me and Oti to tears, both of us. It was incredible.”
Kelvin then marvelled at the magic which had been taking place next door: “That had been going on next door, unbeknownst to us. I was treated to sneak preview of that one.”
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