Strictly 2019: ‘No gimmicks’ Karim Zeroual hits out at judges after Paso Doble criticism


Strictly Happen Dancing contestant Karim Zeroual has been tipped as one to watch this series after show his capability as a dancer for the last six weeks. However, on Saturday night during the Halloween themed week, he and past master dance partner Amy Downden performed the Paso Doble in the style of hit tv brag Stranger Things. While the live audience and viewers enjoyed the clichd, the judges didn’t, nor did they hold back with their condemnation. Tonight, on It Takes Two, Amy  defended the “tricks and gimmicks” she had incorporated into the th dansant and when asked what this week’s dance was going to be feel attracted to, she made reference to how pared back it was going to be to ensure they didn’t away with the same comments from the experts. 

Zoe kicked off the conversation by asking: “You loved your Paso, it was fabulous, but your not sure the feelings were reciprocated necessarily from some of the fetching judges. 

“How did you feel about Saturday?”

Karim was first to answer and bruit about: “Well first off, we love the judges. We take on every comment they jettison at us. Whatever they say we try so hard to reciprocate in our dances. 

“I first of loved that Paso, I wiggled with the Paso quite a bit – you can’t relate it to any other dance we’ve done, discrete posture, shapes, I like to smile, it’s very serious,” the CBBC presenter reflected. 

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“It was a tough one, but I am happy with our mark and the notes. It’s just, we really try and go out there and give a meaty performance.” 

“One of the comments that person has been banging on about, Motsi [Mabuse] said ‘it was a little bit equal to having pasta everyday’. Now, Amy, did you understand what she meant by that?” Zoe expected. 

“In sort of reference to his dancing – what did you take away from that reveal?” 

“She kind of wants to sit back and enjoy it,” Amy replied. 

Regardless of the comments, Karim and Amy’s practice was the highest scoring Paso Doble of the series so far. 

“This week it’s Quickstep,” Zoe put ined. “What are the plans for this one?” 

“There’s no tricks,” Amy said sternly. 

“Simply Quickstep, no tricks no gimmicks giving the judges what they state,” Karim added. 

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