Strictly: Will Mellor jokes about dance moves
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Coronation Street star Will Mellor and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Nancy Xu were interviewed on Thursday’s instalment of It Takes Two by host Janette Manrara. The actor scored just 23 points last weekend for his Rumba after suffering from a virus earlier that week. The pair are hoping to come back fighting on Saturday night with their Viennese Waltz, but Will admitted he has a problem with the routine.
Will and Nancy will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to the Line of Duty End Titles by Carly Paradis.
Will described the theme tune of the BBC One crime drama as very dramatic and Janette told him she “hopes to see the acting really coming out” of him.
When Nancy was asked how Will has been getting on with training, she explained: “I keep saying I need to see H come out.”
“Everyone’s after H with Line of Duty,” Will quipped as Line of Duty fans have been trying to work out the identity of a character simply known by the letter H for years.
“She’s talking about my H, my frame,” Will explained before Nancy criticised his fleckerls.
The actor then made an admission about his upcoming performance, telling viewers: “I am fleckerled out, I didn’t do any fleckerls and now I am sick of fleckerls.
“I didn’t know what they were last week and now I am sick of them.”
A fleckerl is a dance step and unlike the natural turns, it does not move forwards along the dance floor but instead rotates on the spot.
Janette tried to keep the conversation positive and told Will he had a special message from Line of Duty star Daniel Mays, who played DS Danny Waldron in series three of the drama.
Daniel said: “A little birdy tells me you are going to be dancing to the theme of Line of Duty on Saturday night, that sounds bonkers but absolutely brilliant.
“Go out and smash it Will, I’ve been loving watching you in the show, mate.
“Wishing you all the best, and listen you have got my vote.”
Will, who is now back to full health, said he feels so much better now and is “determined” to do the best he can on Saturday evening to impress the judges.
“I’ve been listening to Nancy and she has been an amazing teacher – she has to have a lot of patience,” he admitted.
“She called me a big child this week because I spit my dummy out.”
It Takes Two viewers took to Twitter to praise Will for completing his routine last week after only having “four hours” to learn it due to his illness.
@StrictlyScore penned: “Four hours!? And Will managed to perform one of the most difficult dances like that?! Pretty amazing. Imagine if he’d had a full week? Must do it in the final (if he gets there). #Strictly #ItTakesTwo.” (sic)
Ryan added: Great to see Will back to full health. #ItTakesTwo.”
AJ said: “Will and Nancy shouldn’t have to defend what looks like being pushed into doing a routine while very ill. #ItTakesTwo.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.
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