Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Henson faces boot from Strictly

Gavin Henson and Katya Virshilas during the Viennese waltz

Welsh rugby star Gavin Henson is teed up to get the boot from Strictly Come Dancing after finishing bottom of the semi-final leaderboard.

The judges told the 28-year-old he should be proud of the improvements he has made during the show but he will have to rely on the public vote to save him if he wants to make next week's final.

Henson scored 31 for his Viennese waltz with dance partner Katya Virshilas, taking his total score after two nights of dancing to just 59 out of a possible 85.

But head judge Len Goodman said: "You've been the underdog over and over. You're my hero. You've come back strong."

The other boys are also at risk in the double elimination, with EastEnders actor Scott Maslen and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker both finishing on a total of 70 points.

Baker made up for a disappointing performance on Friday with a tango which was "cooking on gas", scoring 38.

Maslen dressed as a sailor to dance the Charleston with his partner Natalie Lowe.

Judge Alicia Dixon described it as "good old fashioned entertainment" and even Revel Horwood said "the whole thing was rather cute, quirky and I rather enjoyed it". Maslen scored 35.

Pamela Stephenson, who described herself as a "granny moving around the floor", scored a "fabulous" 40 for her theatrical quick step with dance partner James Jordon.

With a total of 78, Stephenson is one place behind the overall leader, ex-EastEnders actress and model Kara Tointon whose rumba with Artem Chigvintsev was "almost perfect".

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