Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

I'm my own competition, says Abbey

Aljaz Skorjanec and Abbey Clancy selling poppies in Covent Garden

Abbey Clancy has said her "main competition" in winning Strictly Come Dancing is herself because she is so nervous.

The model, who is married to footballer Peter Crouch, and dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec landed in the bottom two in last week's show and Clancy admits she has been gripped by nerves.

Clancy, who joined some of the show's stars to sell poppies in London's Covent Garden as part of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal, said: "My own brain is my main competition. I need to just get past the nerves.

"Seeing as though we were in the bottom two last week it's high hopes. All we can do is our best and I'm really loving the experience and we're just going to go out there fighting and hope people will pick up the phones and vote for us."

Skorjanec said: "She'll be good, it's getting better and better from week to week so I think the Charleston's going to be great. It's going to be the first dance we can do lifts and it's going to be very, very exciting."

Fellow contestant and TV chef Dave Myers said he is determined to stay in the competition, despite some viewers saying he should pull out because he is staying in at the expense of better dancers.

Asked if he thought he would make the final, Myers said: "I'd love it. If I'm realistic, I don't think there's much hope, but I'm going to do my best. I didn't think I'd be here now but I am so I wouldn't write me off just yet."

He added: "I think with the judges we got a bit of a berating last week so we're going to come out fighting, and we've got a tango this week which is a tango with passion. It's still a work in progress, but it's going to be a good one."

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