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Strictly Come Dancing’s Kelvin Fletcher: Oti Mabuse is like my sister

The pair have wowed viewers on the BBC One show with their dance routines.

Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher (Guy Levy/BBC)
Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher (Guy Levy/BBC)

By Sherna Noah, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kelvin Fletcher says his relationship with Oti Mabuse is like “brother and sister”.

The pair have wowed viewers on the BBC One show with their dance routines.

“We’ve got a great friendship, sometimes like brother and sister,” the former Emmerdale star, 35, said.

He added that Mabuse, 29, is always there to steer him “when I’m going wrong, which is quite often”.

Fletcher said he was getting a better “frame” thanks to the gruelling dance numbers.

“Oti tells me I’m getting more of a dancer’s body so that’s good,” he said.

The father-of-two said family time was “extra special” because the demands of Strictly mean he is away for so long.

And he said he is “massively” nervous during each week’s results show “because people have gone home you’d never expect”.

“It’s extremely nerve-wracking,” he said. “There’s that sense of relief when you’re saved, you want to scream out, but at the same time you’re still conscious of the people next to you.”

The couple earned plaudits galore for their American Smooth to Gaston from Disney’s Beauty And The Beast which they performed during Saturday night’s quarter final.

They scored a total of 39, with judge Shirley Ballas telling soap star Fletcher: “You are fantastic!”

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden topped the leaderboard as they received the first perfect score for the current series with a jive branded the “best ever seen” by the judges.

The children’s TV presenter and his professional partner wowed the judges with their performance to You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray.

The couple, who last week landed in the bottom two, scored their first 10 from Craig Revel Horwood, who stood up and applauded after their dance.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results will air at 7.20pm on Sunday on BBC One.

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