Karen Clifton and Charles Venn discovered themselves in joint second place on the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 leaderboard with 38 factors final weekend, because of their spectacular Samba to La Bamba by Connie Francis.

The skilled dancer and the actor, 45, had been awarded a 10 from each Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas, and nines from Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell.

The 36-year-old was seen breaking down after discovering out what the BBC panel thought and has since spoken out on spin-off It Takes Two.

Host Zoe Ball requested the Venezuelan star what it had taken her so lengthy in a light-hearted method, and she or he was more than pleased to disclose why.

“Seven years!” Karen acknowledged. “I don’t know why it took so lengthy – I used to be ready for Charles.

“However, it is simply very nice to be recognised. Now I do know what it feels prefer to get a 10.”

Kevin Clifton’s ex continued: “It was superb and to have completed it with this man, it was an unbelievable feeling. I’m nonetheless…”

“I’m going to sing her praises,” Charles replied. “She’s an exquisite, unbelievable trainer, splendidly balanced trainer, disciplined, can have amusing, making conditions that appear so tense – lighter, gifted.

“I can’t consider a greater trainer.”

In the meantime, Karen mirrored on why it had been obtained so nicely, and joked it was all the way down to her companion’s skimpy apparel.

She joked: “I had no concept what they had been going to say. They wished extra! I’m going to place it extra of their face now.

“The key is not any shirt, that is the key weapon. He has like a 24-pack. I’m simply going to ship the doughnuts.”

Shirley, 58, had advised them: “I am all scorching and bothered. You commanded it, it was undulating, I felt like I used to be in Brazil.”

Craig, 53, acknowledged: “It jogged my memory of 1 my pool events in Hampshire. I used to be barely distracted by the extent of abdominals. However what I noticed I actually preferred.”

“My Speedos and I are prepared to hitch in with King Charles the First of Samba!” Bruno, 62, enthusiastically stated.

“Whenever you had been dancing with the blokes, indistinguishable from the professionals. You’re [born to do it]!”

Karen has beforehand been paired with Nick Byrne, Dave Myers, Mark Wright, Jeremy Vine and Will Younger.

Final yr, she was teamed up with Simon Rimmer, who got here in 11th place, and earlier than that it was the previous TOWIE common who acquired her furthest – leaving in 4th place.

However, Karen’s highest rating earlier than Charles was 35, which she achieved with the fact star and husband of Michelle Keegan.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 continues tonight at 6.50pm on BBC One.

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