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Emma Barton threatens to invade stage during Michelle Visage’s Madonna dance

The soap star said on Strictly spin-off It Takes Two that she was ‘so jealous’ of their dance.

Anton Du Beke and Emma Barton on Strictly Come Dancing (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
Anton Du Beke and Emma Barton on Strictly Come Dancing (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

By Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter

Strictly Come Dancing’s Emma Barton has threatened to invade the stage during Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice’s Madonna-inspired performance on Saturday night.

The pair will perform a couple’s choice street/commercial routine to the Queen of Pop’s hit 1990 song Vogue.

Speaking on Strictly spin-off It Takes Two, Barton jokingly said she had warned the pair she might appear on stage during their number at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom this weekend.

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Emma Barton arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom (Dave Nelson/PA)

She said: “Just to let you know, I am actually – we have discussed it – I am actually going to make a little appearance on their number.

“I’m so excited about this. I am so jealous. I just need to do it. I don’t know what I am going to do.

“I said to Michelle and Gio that I am either going to cry or literally wet myself because I am that excited about this number.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Visage and her professional partner have incorporated voguing, a style of dancing born from New York City’s LGBT ballroom scene, into their routine.

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Madonna on the Graham Norton Show (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Visage described the performance, which will also feature backing dancers, as “very special” while Pernice said he had gone outside of his comfort zone.

She said: “It’s Madonna’s Vogue and you are just going to have to wait and see because this is a very special performance. What we are going to be doing is voguing. That’s how you vogue.”

Pernice added: “It’s something I have never done in my life. It’s comfortable/uncomfortable to do it.”

Also appearing on the show, Christopher Biggins said Visage’s presence was “inspirational” because the 51-year-old was “the slightly older woman”.

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Michelle Visage at the Pride of Britain Awards (Ian West/PA)

He said: “I am very excited because I think that Michelle is a very dark horse. She is just wonderful.

“I like the fact she is the slightly older woman, which I think is very important.

“She is inspirational, you are absolutely right. I think they are going to do so well. I think that together they are brilliant. I am really fighting for them.”

Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom celebrated its 125th anniversary in May this year, marking it with an afternoon tea.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday.

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