Strictly’s Karen Clifton and Charles Venn awkwardly swerve ‘kiss-gate’ question on Lorraine

They sailed through to next Saturday’s show last week after impressing the judges with their street dance to James Brown’s Get Up Offa That Thing.

And Casualty’s Charles Venn and his dance partner Karen Clifton shared their relief after not finding themselves in the bottom two as they spoke about their Strictly Come Dancing experience on Lorraine on Wednesday. 

During the interview with step-in host Carol Vorderman, the actor, 45, and Karen, 36, who had faced the dance-off twice in the weeks prior, awkwardly dodged the Katya Jones and Seann Walsh kiss-gate scandal.   

Elated: Strictly's Charles Venn and his dance partner Karen Clifton shared their relief after not finding themselves in the bottom two on Lorraine on Wednesday

Elated: Strictly's Charles Venn and his dance partner Karen Clifton shared their relief after not finding themselves in the bottom two on Lorraine on Wednesday

Elated: Strictly’s Charles Venn and his dance partner Karen Clifton shared their relief after not finding themselves in the bottom two on Lorraine on Wednesday

The pair scored 36 for their own choice of a street dance and their impressive performance meant they did not have to battle it out in the dance off for the first time in three weeks.

Charles said: ‘Being in the bottom two for the last couple of weeks, there was a lot of pressure and expectation, we were doing a new category, new dance, it was a huge amount of pressure.

‘We felt a wonderful sense of elation, it was amazing.’

The actor, 45, and Karen, 36, who had faced the dance-off twice in the weeks prior, awkwardly dodged the Katya Jones and Seann Walsh kiss-gate scandal

The actor, 45, and Karen, 36, who had faced the dance-off twice in the weeks prior, awkwardly dodged the Katya Jones and Seann Walsh kiss-gate scandal

The actor, 45, and Karen, 36, who had faced the dance-off twice in the weeks prior, awkwardly dodged the Katya Jones and Seann Walsh kiss-gate scandal

Thrilled: The pair scored 36 for their  street dance and their impressive performance meant they did not have to battle it out in the dance off for the first time in three weeks

Thrilled: The pair scored 36 for their  street dance and their impressive performance meant they did not have to battle it out in the dance off for the first time in three weeks

Thrilled: The pair scored 36 for their  street dance and their impressive performance meant they did not have to battle it out in the dance off for the first time in three weeks

Stressful: Charles said: 'Being in the bottom two for the last couple of weeks, there was a lot of pressure and expectation, we were doing a new category, new dance'

Stressful: Charles said: 'Being in the bottom two for the last couple of weeks, there was a lot of pressure and expectation, we were doing a new category, new dance'

Stressful: Charles said: ‘Being in the bottom two for the last couple of weeks, there was a lot of pressure and expectation, we were doing a new category, new dance’

Karen admitted her partner is ‘very emotional’ and he’s found it particularly tough going into the first few days of rehearsals after the live shows.

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She said: ‘He is very emotional and that’s a lot people don’t see, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays, they’re the hardest days of the week when he has to learn everything.

‘It was hard for us to pick ourselves up. It’s a lovely thing not being in the bottom two but you have to pick yourself up and think positive.’

Hard: Karen admitted her partner is 'very emotional' and he's found it particularly tough going into the first few days of rehearsals after the live shows

Hard: Karen admitted her partner is 'very emotional' and he's found it particularly tough going into the first few days of rehearsals after the live shows

Hard: Karen admitted her partner is ‘very emotional’ and he’s found it particularly tough going into the first few days of rehearsals after the live shows

Powerful performance: 'It was hard for us to pick ourselves up. It's a lovely thing not being in the bottom two but you have to pick yourself up and think positive.'

Powerful performance: 'It was hard for us to pick ourselves up. It's a lovely thing not being in the bottom two but you have to pick yourself up and think positive.'

Powerful performance: ‘It was hard for us to pick ourselves up. It’s a lovely thing not being in the bottom two but you have to pick yourself up and think positive.’

This year’s competition has been overshadowed by the kiss between Seann Walsh and his professional partner Katya Jones but Karen insists she and Charles have been able to ignore the gossip as they’re so focused on their own performance.

Asked about the scandal, she told Carol: ‘We’ve been in the bottom two so that’s all we’ve been focusing on, I don’t even know who I am, all were thinking is how we’re going to deal with our dance, it’s hard to focus on anything else that’s going on.’

Swerving the question: This year's competition has been overshadowed by the kiss between Seann and Katya but Karen insists they been able to ignore the gossip

Swerving the question: This year's competition has been overshadowed by the kiss between Seann and Katya but Karen insists they been able to ignore the gossip

Swerving the question: This year’s competition has been overshadowed by the kiss between Seann and Katya but Karen insists they been able to ignore the gossip

And Charles refuses to compare his performances to any of the other contestants as he’d rather just focus on himself.

Asked who he views as his biggest competition, he said: ‘This is a hackneyed saying but I feel like my biggest competition is myself, that’s not bragging but if you’re putting pressure on to measure up to that contestant or that one, it’s going to affect how I perform, its counterproductive, we want to just do the best we can.’

The pair who are doing the jive to Time Warp wrapped up their interview by giving a sneak peek of their dance. 

Focused: And Charles refuses to compare his performances to any of the other contestants as he'd rather just focus on himself

Focused: And Charles refuses to compare his performances to any of the other contestants as he'd rather just focus on himself

Focused: And Charles refuses to compare his performances to any of the other contestants as he’d rather just focus on himself

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