Vincent Simone has admitted that Victoria Pendleton bursting into tears on Friday night’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing didn’t surprise him very much.
The Olympic cyclist was inconsolable after she messed up some dance steps during her cha cha cha with professional partner Brendan Cole, even though the judges gave her mostly positive comments after her routine.
On leaving the dancefloor, Vic sobbed during her interview with Tess Daly and reportedly kept crying as the cameras moved onto the next couple and speaking to The Mirror, Dani Harmer’s partner Vincent said she needs to stop panicking, as it could have happened to anyone.
“Everyone is talking about Victoria’s debut. The worst thing you can do is go wrong during your dance but nerves can easily take over and it can happen to anyone.”
Simone shed some light on how Pendleton behaved backstage later in the evening and on his efforts to comfort the star.
“She was upset, on camera and off. Sadly, Victoria is not a very positive person in general. When I first met her I said, “Bella, congratulations, you were amazing, you made me cry.” Can you believe how she responded? She said, “No I’m not, I’m rubbish!””
“I couldn’t believe my ears. I mean, darling, you are the best in the world… at cycling.
“Which is what she must remember. She is not a dancer and just needs to do her best. She needs to feel the enjoyment of the dance.”
What did you think of Victoria’s breakdown? Do you think she was justified in her reaction, or do you agree with some viewers who feel it was all a ploy for attention and sympathy?
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