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Sheffield’s Michael’s Strictly tango all at sixes and sevens

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BBC handout photo of Natalie Lowe and Michael Vaughan dancing during the BBC programme, Strictly Come Dancing. Issue date: Saturday November 24, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire 

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For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only BBC handout photo of Natalie Lowe and Michael Vaughan dancing during the BBC programme, Strictly Come Dancing. Issue date: Saturday November 24, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

CRICKET star Michael Vaughan clung on to his place in Strictly Come Dancing by the skin of his teeth after beating Olympian Victoria Pendleton in the dance off last night.

Vaughan had promised to swap Sheffield for South America when he performed an Argentine tango on Saturday’s show.

But the ex England and Yorkshire captain failed to convince the TV show’s judges he had pulled it off and was forced to dance again last night.

Michael and his partner Natalie Lowe won the dance off to stay in the competition after a second attempt at their routine to Bust Your Windows by Jazmine Sullivan.

Before Saturday’s show Michael, 38, of Baslow, said: “The Sheffield lad has to produce sexiness this week. I have to forget Sheffield. I have to get myself into Argentina. It’s got to be hot.”

Bruno Tonioli, awarding the couple six out of 10 on Saturday night, said: “Michael, the look of painful concentration on your face, that wasn’t sexy it looked like you were passing a kidney stone.”

Craig Revel Horwood, who also gave them six said: “It’s the man’s job to lead the dance and indicate to the woman how to respond to him and I didn’t feel that was happening.

“It was a good effort though.”

The pair were given a six by Len Goodman and seven points by Darcey Bussell.

After last night’s dance off Craig said they’d improved.

“Well this couple completely smashed it and I thought they were fantastic, Michael and Natalie.”

Michael said: “I made a couple of mistakes and the competition is that good now that if you make mistakes it could be your last week.”

 

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