Strictly: Aljaz Skorjanec on feeling 'uncomfortable' in Latin dances
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Aljaž Škorjanec and Sara Davies joined Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on Friday’s This Morning as the pair discussed their Strictly Come Dancing experience so far. However, as the pair looked forward to their Foxtrot on Saturday, Aljaž admitted Latin dances made him feel “uncomfortable” at times.
Sara began: “He told me Ballroom was just walking until we had to do this tall frame thing and I think I’m back but no he [pushes me back further].”
“But Ballroom is your favourite thing isn’t it Aljaž?” Alison, who was partnered with the pro in 2014, asked.
Aljaž replied: “Yes it is, good memory Alison that was lovely.”
“Well you’re a champion and you love that,” the This Morning host remarked.
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“I love it all,” he continued. “But ever since I was a little kid really I grew up really fast and when I was 12, 13 I was the same height as I am now.
“I always found it uncomfortable wiggling my body around I still do.
“But I always found myself really at peace when I was doing the Foxtrot like a Frank Sinatra.”
“You felt cool,” Alison commented and he added: “Yes believe it or not.”
“He’s definitely cool,” Sara agreed before Dermot quizzed the pro on the routines he picks.
“Aljaž you chose what routines you do, right? You choreograph it, the Cha Cha is so hard so why did you go Cha Cha for the first week?”
“Yes, why did you put me through that?” Sara asked her partner.
Aljaž replied: “There’s a dance team on the show it’s a collaboration we have an incredible group of people that come up concepts and ideas and songs.
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“But I always feel like being a professional executing a dance, choreographing, picking music if you do get critiqued for it I’d much rather be the one responsible for as many aspects as possible.
“When it’s lovely it’s nice to think that was me but then when it’s not lovely it’s easier if it’s as much as you as possible.
“On the show, you do Ballroom, Latin dances and it’s normal some of them will suit you more than others.”
Dermot asked if it’s beneficial to perform the “hardest” dance in week one.
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“I don’t think there’s a recipe as such,” the pro dancer answered. “On Strictly you need to do every dance like it’s your best and favourite dance because you never know when it’s your last dance.
“And like Alison knows and [Sara] knows now you need to pour your heart out on the floor.”
Alison interjected: “What’s so upsetting about the whole experience I will never be able to do that again, you get one chance.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.45pm
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