Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Lisa Riley is Len Goodman’s ‘biggest problem’

by Lisa McGarry

Len Goodman has revealed that Lisa Riley presents quite the dilemma for him on Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Emmerdale actress has been a real fan favourite on the series to date and has surprised viewers with her quick paced and fun routines and the seemingly non stop energy that she has for them.

Speaking on It Takes Two last night head judge Len admitted that while he can see that Riley is not the best dancer left in the competition and lacks in a lot of technical areas, he can’t help but love watching her performance and appreciate the effort she puts in to each and every routine.

Goodman conceded that she had some ‘incidents’ in her dance fusion routine on Saturday but he still enjoyed the ‘fun’ of it all and told Zoe Ball:

“She for me is my biggest problem and I’ll tell you why. My brain looks at her dancing and thinks her posture’s not that good, it’s a little bit cumbersome in places but my heart is saying she’s so much fun, there is so much feeling going on and it’s a challenge between my head and my heart.”

Len added:

“My heart wants her to go through and my head it thinking the technique’s not that good. As a judge my job is to judge it with my brain and the viewers can judge it with their hearts. They can say ‘oh we love her and she’s bubbly and great.’ Good luck to her.”

Lisa hasn’t done too badly for someone with bad posture and technique and this weekend she’ll dance in the semi finals of the 2012 series.

She’s pretty chuffed to be there and tweeted:

“Over the moon to through to the semi finals it’s just fantastic! I cannot tell you how happy I am but I think you could tell by my reaction!”

However, taking on two dances on Saturday could prove a bit of a challenge and Riley added:

“Ok guys I can now tell you about our dances we are doing a Salsa and an American Smooth!! Double Dance ahhhh! But it’s looking good!!!”

Her professional partner Robin Windsor added:

“2 dances…. Choreography overload!!!! AGHHHHH”

“After practicing something a little different for our salsa, I’m finding myself really sore in places I didn’t know could get sore!”

Are you Lisa and Robin fans? Do you think they can make the final next week? Leave your comments below…

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!