Belfast Telegraph

Strictly come singing for Camilla

By Eddie McIlwaine

Blonde dancer Camilla Dallerup will be delighted if the Ulster Orchestra breaks away just for a moment from their Strauss melodies at their New Year concerts in the Waterfront Hall to play the old pop hit The Story of My Life just for her.

For the 33-year-old Danish girl who has become a household name on Strictly Come Dancing loves to cha-cha to this, which was No 1 for the late Michael Holliday in 1958.

Camilla and stage partner Ian Waite will be on BBC1's Songs of Praise tomorrow, but you can catch them in the flesh in the New Year, stepping out with the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Bell at their Viennese Strauss gala double header on January 4 and 5.

"I adore Strauss, but I so enjoy dancing to The Story of My Life too," says Camilla. "This song has come in and out of my life a few times. I used to dance to it with my former partner Brendan Cole and now with Ian.

"It's a brilliant, brilliant song and it says a lot."

The Story of My Life took Holliday, the Bing Crosby soundalike, to the top of the UK charts in February 1958 with Elvis Presley (Jailhouse Rock), Frank Sinatra (Witchcraft) and Perry Como (Magic Moments) in his wake.

It was No 1 for two weeks and in the charts for a total of 15 weeks - a love song with a boy proposing to his girl. A verse of The Story of my Life goes like this:

Some day I'm going to write/ the story of my life/ I'll tell about the night we met/ And how my heart can't forget/ The way you smiled at me.

But the story of Holliday's own life had a sad ending - the former seaman died of an overdose in 1963.

Camilla reveals that her other favourite songs are The Way We Were (Barbra Streisand), Mack the Knife (Sinatra) and George Gershwin's Summertime.

"They are all so relaxing to dance to," says the girl whose partner in this year's Strictly Come Dancing was Blue Peter's Gethin Jones.

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