Strictly 2019 is almost over, with just half a week left to go until the grand finale of the 17th series. And, during a chat with It Takes Two host Rylan Clark Neal on the green sofa, finalists Karim Zeroual and his pro partner Amy Dowden, explained why they received criticism over their Argentine Tango during Saturday night’s live show.
Discussing getting through to the final, Rylan also quizzed the CBBC presenter about the judges comments on their two dances over the weekend.
Speaking about the Argentine Tango, he admitted: “The judges noticed a few balance issues,” as Karim nodded in acknowledgement.
“You scored 36, and I know the scores were high, but 36 is an amazing score.
“Did it feel like a real difficult routine to punch up?” The host asked.
“It’s a hit or miss one, we’ve said it all week,” Karim confessed.
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Strictly 2019: Karim Zeroual hits back at judges’ criticism of Argentine Tango (Image: BBC)
Strictly 2019: Karim Zeroual admitted he lost balance due to his 'build' (Image: GETTY)
“It’s slow and I’m used to the quick dances!”
He explained that the routine Amy had choreographed with the help of dancing legend Vincent Simone, included a lot of her leaning and balancing on him.
“I have to lead Amy round and there was a lot of her balancing on me,” he said, as he looked at his partner puzzled.
“So, the times where I have to do steps, she’s balancing on me.
“Those shaky issues, they were nothing I couldn’t change in a week,” he shook his head and smiled.
Strictly 2019: Karim Zeroual said he found the Argentine Tango 'tough' (Image: BBC)
Strictly 2019: Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden