Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Gavin Henson hits height problem

Gavin Henson and Katya Virshilas are struggling with the lifts for this week's show

Strictly Come Dancing star Gavin Henson is struggling to take his dance partner to new heights - because she does not trust him to lift her properly.

The pair have been working on a new routine which involves the rugby player hoisting dancer Katya Virshilas into the air.

But the muscly hunk's efforts to perfect the dance for this weekend's Blackpool show are not going down too well, the pair revealed.

The duo are due to perform their "American Smooth" dance at the Blackpool Tower ballroom on Saturday, with Gavin predicting on last week's show that the lifts would hopefully be his "strong point".

But during practice sessions Gavin said the lifts were proving far from easy as Katya - who choreographed the moves - is afraid of heights and has squealed repeatedly during the manoeuvre.

"I think she doesn't trust me or something," Gavin said.

And his partner explained: "I just don't like not being in control."

And Gavin has suggested kissing another judge after last week's smacker for Bruno Tonioli, which preceded a huge score.

Gavin said: "I'm not sure what Katya has in her plans from now on, but maybe there might be more kissing after Bruno gave me a nine - maybe I'll kiss Craig at some point and he'll give me a nine."

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