Sanddancers show their pride in comedian Chris Ramsey ahead of Strictly Come Dancing semi-final
Comedian Chris Ramsey is preparing to take to the floor for the Strictly Come Dancing semi-finals.
And the South Shields dad, who says he has stunned family, friends, management and audiences with his success, has the full support of the voting public ahead of the live show, which will see him take on two dances in one night for the first time.
After surviving his and professional partner Karen Hauer's first dance-off, Chris has been training hard to perfect the sensual Rumba and touching Viennese Waltz.
He will compete against fellow celebs Karim Zeroual, Kelvin Fletcher and Emma Barton on Saturday, December 7 to secure a place in the programme’s glittering grand final next weekend.
A self-confessed novice, the comedian has made huge progress since the competition’s start in August – and South Shields is behind him all the way!
Here are messages of support from the Shields Gazette readers:
Craig Seago: “I honestly thought his time was up last weekend but his personality and determination won through, good luck this weekend.”
Susan Smith-nee Reay: “A non-dancer who has put the work in and can now hold his own on any dance floor! Good luck Chris, whatever the outcome you’ve done yourself, your family and all of Shields proud. Keep dancing!”
Sylvia Besnard: “Love it when people like Chris get this far from non-dancer to good dancer. Well done and good luck.”
Andrea Charles: “Good Luck in the semis Chris and Karen. Us Sanddancers are so very proud of you, keep dancing.”
Gillian Young: “Well done to get this far, keep dancing Chris. Doing the Sanddancers very proud.”
Gary Gilliespie Davison: “Well done Chris, keep going. You [have] done the Sanddançers very proud. So do good at the fìnals, I’m proud of you getting this far.”
Mary Dutton: “Our local lad is doing brilliantly.”
Susan Fletcher: “Amazing man and stupendous teacher! So very proud of fellow Sanddancer and honourary Sanddancer.”
Ron Bell: “Well done bonny lad. Should be very proud to get this far. Going to be very, very, tough from now.”