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Christine dances close to the edge

By Matthew McCreary

Ulster television beauty Christine Bleakley has lived to dance another day after escaping the boot from Strictly Come Dancing.

The One Show star turned in a poor performance on Saturday’s show which left her straggling at the bottom of the scoreboard and facing the possibility a dance-off last night.

But a clearly relieved Christine was picked to go through to the next round after the votes were counted last night.

“I love learning how to dance,” she said.

“Strictly has consumed my life to such a degree I don’t know what I would do without it.”

However, fellow competitor swimmer Mark Foster was not so lucky and was voted off by the judges after going head-to-head with television presenter Andrew Castle in the dance-off last night.

Christine’s confident Pasa Doble with partner Matthew Cutler on Saturday night was slated by the judges who said she was too nice a personality to capture the dark mood needed for the dance.

Arlene Phillips told Christine her performance “looked more like a domestic with you as Madonna and a bored looking Guy Ritchie.”

Len Goodman agreed, saying: “It wasn't dramatic enough,” before adding, “you're too nice a person to do a Paso Doble.”

Bruno Tonioli described Christine’s dancing as “so floppy”.

“Sometimes there's a dance which doesn't suit a personality. This was one of them,” he said.

Christine herself admitted the dance had not been her strongest to date, saying: “I found it difficult to be aggressive and angry all week.”

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