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"From Red Carpet to the Week 1 Waltz"

From Red Carpet to the Week 1 Waltz


A Big Catch Up...

First of all I would like to say how sorry I am for not posting a blog for so long; as you can imagine things have been a little hectic over the last few weeks!

So I will start from the beginning...

The launch show went out with a big bang, there was the red carpet, a big new shiny set, lots of professional show numbers and of course the dazzling costumes. I myself had 3 costume changes for the one show!

Erin and Anton on the red carpet at the Launch show

You have to believe me when I say this; we did not know who our new partner would be until the announcement that you all saw on the launch show. I have read many comments that you though we must have known, due to the last dance where we ended up next to our partners at the end. What you didn’t know is that the professionals practised that dance with SEVEN different endings - one for each celebrity!

During the launch show it was announced that I was dancing with the Goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton, which I must say, at the time, was a big surprise to me because I didn't think they'd give me my sixth sportsman and second Goalkeeper out of eight series!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all, as sportsmen know how to train really hard and are very competitive.

Straight after the launch I found out I was dancing the Waltz in the first week and had two and a half weeks to try and get him up to scratch.  Peter lives in Coventry, so hence I spend a lot of time trekking up and down the Motorways. The first few days were tough but Peter soon got to grips with what he had to do which was - basic technique, good frame and dancing to the music... no easy task for a complete beginner.

Erin Boag and Peter Shilton

As the days counted down Peter was getting better and better, he was feeling confident and so was I... until the day before the big show when we went for a short rehearsal on the Strictly set at the BBC studios.  What happened next I hadn’t experienced since series 2 with Julian Clary - Peter’s nerves kicked in with the reality of what was about to happen and all the steps disappeared from his mind!!  I tried to reassure Peter that this sometimes happens and not to be too hard on himself - it would all come right on the night. Well, that’s what I thought. I have to say I didn’t sleep well that night with the worry of what might happen in 24 hours live in front of 10 million people if Peter did in fact forget ALL his steps!!

The morning of the live show finally arrived, make-up and hair started at 9 o’clock and that was just Peter... just kidding, yes we do get there early, it can take a while to make us girls look pretty. After make-up and hair, we have band call, which is when we hear our music played by the live band for the very first time. Straight after it’s into costume, a quick powder and straight into the dress run. This is when we practise running the show as live to make sure hopefully everything runs smoothly before the actual live show!  If we have any spare time, we have a quick snack, then more make-up, more hair spray and then move onto the stairs behind the set - ready for the walk down as the show goes live.

We hear the title music start, the audience are roaring and Bruce and Tess go on; I straighten Peter’s tie, hold his hand, give him a smile before walking down the stairs for the very first time live. I am feeling very excited as the new series begins. 

Peter and I wait patiently for our turn to dance (we were second). Thankfully we don’t have to wait too long because the longer we wait, the more nervous Peter would become!  As the VT shows for our rehearsals, Peter and I walk down to take our place on the floor; our names are announced and the crowd are so loud that I am worried that we won’t be able to hear the start of our music!!

Throughout our dance I could feel Peter’s nerves - in fact I'm sure I could hear his heart beating, it was beating so hard. But he manages to get through and I am very proud of him for finishing his routine to a respectable standard for the first week.

The judges were very gentle and fair with their comments and awarded Peter 21 points but were very aware that he was nervous throughout his dance.

Erin Boag and Peter Shilton in their Waltz

Peter felt relieved to have finished the Waltz, but before he could relax it was straight into training on the Sunday morning at 10 o’clock to start work on the Salsa. We had to loosen those hips and make him feel confident and create a party atmosphere on the dance floor. Peter has been working really hard over the last few days getting his Salsa ready, losing his inhibitions, wriggling those hips and feeling a lot more confident. I am really hoping that this Saturday he feels a lot more relaxed, now he knows what to expect, and hopefully he can now enjoy the experience a lot more.

We look forward to performing our Salsa for you - fingers crossed - without any hitches on Saturday night. 

Inbetween all the rehearsals and driving up and down the motorway I managed to fit in a photo-shoot where you will probably see more of me than ever before!!! Watch this space for more updates...

Lots of love,

P.S. Don’t forget to vote, we need it! 

Comments {14}
Hi Erin, I though Peter did great last week! He had a good posture and even his shoulders were low... Looking forward to the Salsa! XX Angela
Angela commented on 07-Oct-2010 11:15 AM
Hi Erin, All the best, Carole and I will be on the edge of our seats and will have the phones on speed redial!
John Baster commented on 07-Oct-2010 04:12 PM
Wow Erin! How did you manage to fit that blog update into your full schedule!? Really enjoyed your dance last week. Good luck for the Salsa this week! We'll be rooting for you! Love Claire xx
Claire Bates commented on 07-Oct-2010 06:06 PM
Awe bless you do make me laugh honey too many funny memories flooding back at that last line :D Don't worry will be voting like crazy as usual Peter is a star & he has all our support as much as you do & thats a lot so when he's feeling nervous just remind him so. Very proud of you both & looking forward to the Salsa look after yourself you little buzy bee Love n hugs always Nana Scotty & Sandy Scotty xxx xxx
Sandy commented on 07-Oct-2010 06:23 PM
love this entry Erin, you are a great writer We can already see you are working magic on Peter :) excited for the salsa!
Tasha commented on 07-Oct-2010 08:27 PM
Well, you certainly have been a busy bee recently, what a great update. Peter will do fine, he has you and it looks like you are doing a brilliant job looking after him. He can only get better. No worries, will be voting for you both and will be looking forward to the salsa! Don't let all that driving wear you out. Lots of love, Andy xxx
Andy N commented on 07-Oct-2010 08:49 PM
Tell Peter that he has what it takes to win (with plenty to spare), especially with you, the best of the professionals to teach him but, he MUST turn on that killer determination, see what the best of the opposition are doing and resolve to blow them away. HE CAN DO IT. Peter, forget all this nonsense about nerves - GO FOR IT!!!
John Williams commented on 07-Oct-2010 10:35 PM
Gentle Peter grew on me through today's It Takes Two interview. Still, we have to accept he doesn't have the advantage of a high media profile, so please don't take it personally if you don't make it as far as you should. You still have a special place in the Strictly firmament and in the heart of Strictly fans. (I'm just a sentimental fool, really...)
lynmale commented on 07-Oct-2010 11:11 PM
But my cha cha on week one was perfect! Reply from Erin Boag, Yes it was but I remember your nerves. You over came them well and went on to make the final. You are a star. xxx
julian clary commented on 08-Oct-2010 03:26 PM
Good luck with Strictly this year! Love watching you and everyone else! Fab show :-) xxx
Kim commented on 08-Oct-2010 05:27 PM
Really enjoying reading your blog, Erin. Lots of luck for tomorrow night - will be voting like mad as usual. Hope Peter can overcome his nerves this week - he couldn't have a better teacher! Love Benita xx
Benita Scott commented on 08-Oct-2010 10:31 PM
Hi Erin Please pass on my best wishes to Peter and tell him I thought he did really well in the Salsa. I get nervous dancing at my dance school socials on a Saturday night, and that is in front of people I know. To do it in front of over 10 million people and then have to be judged on your performance must be really nerve racking so Peter did very well. I will be rooting for you next Saturday. Love Rosalind XXXXX
Rosalind commented on 11-Oct-2010 01:37 PM
you're doing really well Erin. Must be a lot of hard work but Peter is endlessly positive..
ballet news commented on 15-Oct-2010 01:02 AM
Peter is doing really well Erin, his quickstep showed how much he is improving. I hope he's feeling less nervous now. Peter's right, you are the best teacher and a lovely teacher too. Good luck. xx
Jacqueline commented on 17-Oct-2010 02:19 PM
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