Strictly 2019: ‘I couldn’t change that’ Karim Zeroual hits back at judges’ Tango criticism

Strictly 2019 is almost over, with just half a week left to go until the grand finale of the 17th series. And, during a chat with It Takes Two host Rylan Clark Neal on the green sofa, finalists Karim Zeroual and his pro partner Amy Dowden, explained why they received criticism over their Argentine Tango during Saturday night’s live show.

Discussing getting through to the final, Rylan also quizzed the CBBC presenter about the judges comments on their two dances over the weekend.

Speaking about the Argentine Tango, he admitted: “The judges noticed a few balance issues,” as Karim nodded in acknowledgement.

“You scored 36, and I know the scores were high, but 36 is an amazing score.

“Did it feel like a real difficult routine to punch up?” The host asked.

“It’s a hit or miss one, we’ve said it all week,” Karim confessed.


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“It’s slow and I’m used to the quick dances!”

He explained that the routine Amy had choreographed with the help of dancing legend Vincent Simone, included a lot of her leaning and balancing on him.

“I have to lead Amy round and there was a lot of her balancing on me,” he said, as he looked at his partner puzzled.

“So, the times where I have to do steps, she’s balancing on me.

“Those shaky issues, they were nothing I couldn’t change in a week,” he shook his head and smiled.

“It’s just my build, I couldn’t change that!”

Rylan previously said that head judge Shirley Ballas, had confessed that it was “one of the most difficult dances” she’d seen on the show.

“Did it seem that difficult?” He asked.

Karim didn’t hesitate as he jumped straight in with an answer: “Absolutely Rylan, it was so tough!”

“In the week, seeing Amy’s face so worried about it made me nervous because she’s my rock,” he sighed.

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“It was really tough, but amazing, I loved it. It was something we had to really push through.”

He described the dance as an “honour” to perform and that he was happy he got to do it during his time on the show.

As the final is fast approaching, the last week’s dances have finally been released.

The final three couples will be taking on an even bigger challenge at the weekend, as they have to perform three dances on the night, and by the end of the two hour special, we’ll have our 2019 winner.


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First, they’ll all perform their show dance, followed by a previous routine as selected by the judges, ending with a couple’s favourite choice, which is to be confirmed on the night.

The judges have picked for Karim and Amy to tackle their Quickstep to Mr. Pinstripe Suit from week seven, Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse will dance the Rumba to Ain’t No Sunshine from episode four, and Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke will perform their Charleston again to Thoroughly Modern Millie from musicals week.

Kelvin is the favourite to win going into the weekend, but after some shock results this series, anything could happen.

The Strictly final will air on Saturday at 7:05pm on BBC One.

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