Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Ola Jordan almost begged producers to change the Samba & Ashley spits his dummy if things aren’t perfect

by Nick Barnes

Strictly Come Dancing

Last week, Ashley Taylor Dawson and his professional partner Ola Jordan received a massive score of 31 with a 7 from Len Goodman and 8’s from the rest of the judges.

This evening, the pair will be dancing the Viennese Waltz, which is quite a slow, romantic dance. Speaking on It Takes Two last night, the Hollyoaks actor said the key to the slow dances is having the right piece of music.

Everybody loved the Samba last week, even grumpy Craig Revel Horwood. Speaking about doing the Samba so early in the competition, Ola said: “I was scared, I was very scared. I was thinking of changing and begging the producers to change it, but then I thought maybe it’s better to get it over and done with and then we can forget about the samba!”

Unfortunately, Ashley wasn’t 100% about doing the Samba last week either, but the high scores reassured that he’d pulled the dance off perfectly on the night.


“I think it’s just when you’re rehearsing the dance and you get to a point where you think you can do it, and if you don’t do it on the night how you quite thought you could do it, it’s a bit disappointing, but when you get the scores it’s alright. I thought it was terrible, I thought it was awful. But, when I got the scores I thought it was alright,” Ashley said about the Samba last week.

Ola added: “I think we know ourselves what the routine is and what we worked on and if it doesn’t happen on the night, Ashley gets upset, but that’s a good thing as he pushes himself to do well. The thing is, it’s never going to be as good in the studio. [When we’re rehearsing] there’s four walls, only two of us, we are comfortable doing that but in the studio, you’re suddenly dancing in front of millions of people. Then there is this band singing, people are clapping, then he is without his shirt on!”

This week, the pair will be dancing with Viennese Waltz.

Speaking about the dance, Ashley told Zoe Ball: “I think for me, the slower dances like the Waltz and the American Smooth, it’s [about] the music. It’s a lot easier to dance to a song like that. The music we have this week is emotional and romantic”.

Nick Barnes

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