Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice

Laura Whitmore found being in the 'Strictly Come Dancing' dance-off one of the scariest experiences of her life.

The blonde presenter and professional partner Giovanni Pernice successfully danced their way to safety after going up against Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez but she was "devastated" at being in the bottom two.

She said: "I was devastated, as I'm having such a wonderful time that I don't want to go yet, but I also think Tameka is a beautiful dancer who didn't deserve to be in the bottom two. The dance-off is one of the scariest things I've ever done. I couldn't even look at my mam's face in the audience or I would have fallen apart. "

Laura was particularly disheartened as she'd been practising her salsa so hard, she ended the week black and blue.

She wrote on her blog for Glamour online: "It was the first time Gio had put lifts in one of our routines. Salsa requires three, in fact. Now, the only lift I'm used to is being put on someone's shoulders at Glastonbury.

"So, at 5ft 8in and with gangly limbs, being flung around a dance floor is a challenge, to say the least. Thankfully, my dance partner is very strong. But perhaps too strong: we practised so much that when I got home on Wednesday night I realised my whole body was black and blue.

"I didn't feel the pain at the time, because you just try to give it 100%. Giovanni felt terrible, but I do seem to bruise like a peach - I blame this fair Irish skin of mine. Not only do I barely tan, I also seem to turn blue when anyone even touches me - woohoo for my delicate Celtic epidermis!"

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