Actress Dani Harmer impresses in Strictly debutBy Jon Nurse
October 07, 2012
Strictly star Dani Harmer said she is "over the moon" with her first dance on Strictly Come Dancing last night.
The actress and her dance partner Vincent Simone scored 21 out of 40 for their waltz and were ranked 8th out of the 14 contestants.
In a tweet this morning, Dani said: "Can't believe last night actually happened! Was the most terrifying thing I've ever done but enjoyed every moment!"
Dani, 23, wore a flowing pink dress for her slow waltz and was visibly nervous as she twirled through her first performance.
Judge Bruno Tonioli said: "Enjoy the occasion! You're a pretty girl and you move very well but all the tension you create stops the movement flowing.
"The waltz is a flowing dance. When you get anxious you start skipping like a little kangaroo and it's not the style of the dance. The talent is there it's just using it correctly."
Head judge Len Goodman had some constructive criticism to offer the former Wildrings Primary pupil.
"It's all in the detail and that's what you've got to work on," he said. "It was close, it just needs slightly better posture and footwork.
"The spins when you were on your own were a bit wobbly, but I thought it was very nice with some lovely movement."
Dani winced as she was critiqued by notoriously harsh judge Craig Revel Horwood, however his comments were not too critical and he warned her not to look at the floor mid flow.
Ballet star Darcey Bussell complimented Dani's travelling and said she'll have a lot of fun getting stuck into a latin dance next week.
Dani, best known for her lead role in children's TV show The Story of Tracy Beaker, said: "I'm over the moon. As long as I did Papa Smurf [Vincent] happy, I'm happy."
The couple have kept up a rigorous training schedule at Bracknell’s South Hill Park despite both coming down with flu.
The dance contest returns next Saturday when this week's score will be combined with next week's dance and a public vote to decide who the first contestants will be to leave the show.