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Denise lifts lid on humour and heartache behind Strictly
DENISE van Outen has opened her heart to reveal the passion, sadness – and practical jokes – behind her bid to win Strictly Come Dancing.
The revelations came as Denise issued a heartfelt plea to the people of Essex to back her with our votes. Denise, 38, born and raised in Basildon, said: “I'm an Essex Girl and always will be.
“I know from all the feedback that the people of Essex are rooting for me, and I want to say how grateful I am – and please, please, to everyone back home in Essex, keep those votes coming.”
Denise’s easily carried off the first round of Strictly on Saturday, scoring a winning 25 points with her stunning waltz routine.
She revealed that she was a complete novice to this style of dancing, but had been driven to perform well as a tribute to her late grandfather.
Commitment to the show meant that Denise had to miss his funeral.
She said: “The waltz is quite different from anything I've done before. I'm sort of hoping that it will turn me into a proper lady. “But my grand-dad did the waltz a lot with my nan when he was young, and it meant a lot to me that I was following in their footsteps. I wanted that waltz to be a tribute to him.”
Denise also broke silence on a mystery that has puzzled Twitter users everywhere – the crossed shoes.
Photos of the two rehearsal trainers appeared on Twitter in a variety of bizarre locations.
They have been seen soaking in the bath with Denise, playing the piano, and enjoying a tete a tete candlelit dinner together. Denise revealed: “I nicked them from my dance partner, James (Jordon). They are his. “He's a great practical joker himself. But I managed to get in first. He's still plotting his revenge.”