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SLIDESHOW: We all had a ball in Sheffield Arena show

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  • by Ann Charlton
 

Strictly’s South Yorkshire superfans were treated to a night of high drama that was all about two dances that never were.

For reigning Strictly champion Abbey Clancy and her professional partner, Slovenian Aljaz Skorjanec, their night on the dance floor was cut short by injury.

The pair performed their quickstep from this year’s final during the first half but Abbey appeared to limp as the couple made their way over to host and former Strictly star Lisa Riley.

During the interval it was announced that Abbey was injured and wouldn’t be dancing her second dance of the night, although newsreader Susanna Reid later announced that the model and wife of Premier League striker Peter Crouch would be back for the second show at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.

But if some fans were left disappointed, Corrie’s Natalie Gumede, and this year’s runner-up, let the audience see a jive that millions of TV viewers never got to see in week seven of this year’s series, when she was forced to pull out of the Saturday night show after collapsing during rehearsals.

It was clearly more fab-u-lous than dance disaster with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood awarding her perfect 10s.

The live show delivered everything fans of the series have come to expect. Only Mark Benton’s shiny gold MC Hammer jacket managed to outdazzle the sequins and Artem’s teeth.

Double entendres come thick and fast from Bruno and in the midst of Len’s cheeky patter he revealed that he was a regular visitor to Connie Grant’s legendary Sheffield dance school when he was younger.

But for Natalie the evening proved to be a re-run of this year’s final when she was beaten into second place, only this time it was Susanna dancing with Kevin Clifton from Grimsby who were crowned king and queen of the glitterball after the audience vote.

Their passionate pasa doble was a hit in Blackpool and brought a touch of Seville to a chilly Sheffield night.

But it was when the pair announced that the city was as good as being on home ground, since this was the closest the tour would be going to Grimsby, you knew they had it in the bag.

 

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