‘Too much enthusiastic Charlstoning’: Strictly’s Clara Amfo reveals hand injury the day after topping the leaderboard with her ‘perfect’ Charleston
She wowed the Strictly judges on Saturday night, when she and dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec’s Charleston topped the leaderboard with an impressive 29 points.
And on Sunday morning Clara Amfo revealed just how much blood, sweat and tears must be invested to do well on the show, as she took to her Instagram story to show off a hand injury.
The Radio 1 presenter, 36, showed her hand bandaged up in an orange plaster as she explained that she had hurt it ‘at some point’ during the previous night.
Sacrifice: Clara Amfo revealed on Sunday that she hurt her hand following her sensational leaderboard-topping Charleston on Saturday night
The much-loved broadcaster said: ‘This happened at some point yesterday – I don’t really remember.
‘Like during rehearsal or the actual dance — too much enthusiastic Charlestoning. Worth it though!
‘It will go down I’m sure – I’m just going to be a left-hander today, and just enjoying the day.’
Clara performed the upbeat dance to Baby Face by Julie Andrews, and was praised as ‘perfect’ by the judges.
Ouch: The Radio 1 presenter, 36, showed her hand bandaged up in an orange plaster as she explained that she had hurt it ‘at some point’ on the previous night
Wow! Strictly’s Clara Amfo burst into tears as she topped the leaderboard with her ‘perfect’ Charleston during Saturday’s live show
Gushing about Clara’s performance, Craig Revel Horwood sung her praises as he said: ‘I don’t want to see it again actually until the final darling.’
While Shirley Ballas was delighted with the marked improvement from Clara, saying: ‘Oh my goodness.
‘I mean I haven’t been your highest scorer, just looking at my scores here, and I look at you the transformation, the lovely shoulder line, the swivels, the storyline, those legs of death, I mean you were absolutely brilliant today.’
Anton du Beke, who is standing in for Motsi Mabuse who is isolating for 14 days, after rushing home to Germany due to her dance school being ‘targeted’, said Clara was ‘perfect.’
Moved to tears: Clara and Aljaz got teary-eyed after they were awarded two tens by the judges, with the professional dancer paying tribute to the DJ
He explained: ‘What can I say when you rehearse a dance all week you want it on Saturday night to go like that, I’ve had a wonderful night and you’ve topped it off thank you very much indeed. Perfect.’
While she couldn’t be in the studio, Motsi did call in from her home to discuss the show and said she was ‘so emotional’ about Clara’s performance.
She gushed: ‘I am so emotional right now Clara, I don’t want to cry. I’m so happy this happened for you because I’ve been saying you’ve got the power.
‘You look beautiful. Everything was on top and you just have to keep it up now because we know you can.’
High praise: Gushing about Clara’s performance, Craig Revel Horwood sung her praises as he said: ‘I don’t want to see it again actually until the final darling’
Impressed: Anton du Beke went on to say: ‘I’ve had a wonderful night and you’ve topped it off thank you very much indeed. Perfect’
Other highlights of Saturday’s show include Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse’s Couples Choice to Rapper’s Delight, which received an incredible 27 points.
They left Shirley ‘flabbergasted’ with their performance, while Craig claimed they were ‘unbelievable’ together on the dance floor.
Craig began: ‘Bill Bailey the king of pop and lock, I’m not surprised you are younger than me darling, by nine days to be exact. I absolutely loved the amount of detail in that, you hit every single line, unbelievable.’
High scorers: Clara and HRVY were not the only two to receive a ten on the series, as Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse’s Couples Choice to Rapper’s Delight also lead them to get 27
While Shirley went on: ‘Well I’m flabbergasted actually, the details come with hours and hours of work, I don’t know your schedule but I would hazard a guess that…’
Bill cut in to say it was ‘rigorous’, as Shirley continued: ‘Because you want it to be I would say, so I applaud you for that. You are genuine, you are the real deal.
‘I’m in shock there’s young people who can’t do that. You’re over 50 if I may say, and you look ever so much like that young hip hop get up, any men at home get up out of that arm chair and move like this man! I am in awe you’re amazing, well done.’
While Anton added: ‘Well let me tell you when I heard that you were going to be doing Couple’s Choice and hip hop I thought hello could be a midlife crisis.
Full of praise: They left Shirley ‘flabbergasted’ with their performance, while Craig claimed they were ‘unbelievable’ together on the dance floor
‘You were unbelievable there was so much content there and you could have gone over it at any time, what I loved about it the most was you didn’t do it with any sense of irony, you completely enveloped the role and you committed to it fully and it was just brilliant. Well done you.’
After getting their score of 27 points, Bill and Oti hugged each other in delight and then showed off their comedic chops as they collapsed to the floor dramatically.
Claudia Winkleman was forced to step back when Bill fell over near her due to social distancing measures, and she was left scrambling to stay upright as she stepped back into the glitterball decorations backstage.
‘Holding on just getting back 2 metres, never mind me,’ Claudia joked, before she told the audience there was ‘no problem, this is absolutely fine’ and righted herself.
Amusing: After getting their score of 27 points, Bill and Oti hugged each other in delight and then showed off their comedic chops as they collapsed to the floor dramatically