Comedian Chris Ramsey gets emotional after performing twice in bid to secure his place in Strictly live final
South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey has done his all in the hopes of reaching the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 final and, despite a few mistakes he made the judges and his fans proud and teared up after his second performance.
Chris found himself at the bottom of the leader board in the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final on Saturday, December 7 after dancing in the hopes of making it into the grand final and getting his hands on that Glitterball trophy.
Along with his tough competition Emma Barton, Kelvin Fletcher and Karim Zeroual, he took on not one but two performances in the hopes of impressing the judges: the Viennese Waltz and the Rumba.
Fans watched as he and his professional partner Karen Hauer danced to Queen’s classic Somebody to Love and Don’t Watch Me Cry by Jorja Smith.
In a VT before he took to the floor Chris said: “I’m shocked to be in the semi-final.”
Karen treated Chris to well-wishes from members of the South Shields public and he was chuffed, as a dad-of-one, to see that children have been watching too. He said: “It has given me such a boost.”
While he claimed the Viennese Waltz sounded “like a biscuit,” he had a smile on his face throughout the routine.
Chris admitted the “dizziness” and having two dances to focus on caused him to make a few mistakes in that performance but Craig Revel Horwood claimed he was “proud” of him.
In a judges discussion about Chris’ Strictly journey, Shirley Ballas said: “Going from a complete beginner to the semi-final, people have to be in awe of that.”
Bruno claimed the second performance could be his chance to “redeem himself” but after Chris’ Rumba, Craig said it was “the wrong dance, wrong performer.”
Chris put his all into the second dance and even teared up at the end and it wasn’t all negative as Bruno said: “It is impossible not to be involved and moved by it.”
Last week, their Oliver-inspired Foxtrot scored 28 points and this week his Waltz bagged him a score of 26 which brought some ‘boos’ from the crowd while his emotional Rumba scored him a slightly higher 28 despite only getting a 4 from Craig.
Beginning the competition as a non-dancer, he has come on leaps and bounds but is Chris’ total of 54 enough to make it through to the final? Find out on Sunday, December 8 at 7.20pm on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing: The Results.
The Shields Gazette is backing Chris and Karen. We would love to see your messages and pictures of support for the couple, so get in touch on social media using #VoteChris and #TeamChrisRamsey.