Rhys Stephenson issued warning over Strictly routine ‘Keep it clean’

Strictly: Rhys collapses after getting a score of 40

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On Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing, Rhys Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu impressed the judges with their energetic performance. The duo took to the dancefloor where they performed the Jive to Footloose from the musical of the same name.

In recent weeks, Strictly fans have noticed perhaps the CBeebies presenter’s routines are less sensual than his co-stars.

However, according to reports, a source close to Rhys has claimed Nancy choreographs their routines with Rhys’ younger fans in mind.

“There is a concerted effort to keep Rhys clean.

“The routines are tame compared to other contestants because bosses are aware that a lot of young children watch Strictly, particularly on catch-up.”

The Daily Mail added: “And seeing the guy they associate with their own programmes getting sexual wouldn’t be great.”

After their performance on Saturday night, host Tess Daly pointed out that Rhys had made a “little mistake”.

“I know you have had a tough week in training this week,” Tess began.

The host then turned to the judges to see what they thought of the routine.

“Anton,” Tess continued. “Bar the mistake, did all the hard work pay off?”

Anton replied: “I have to say this has given me a real problem watching you dance because your feet are a bit too footloose.

“The only problem is, is that everything is just so brilliant. I am a bit overwhelmed.

“I struggled which way to go. Whether to go ‘No, you got to work on your feet’.”

“It’s just such a brilliant performance,” the judge continued. “And so much about it, I love.

“You’re so much more compact than when you used to be dancing with Nancy.”

Motsi Mabuse praised: “I think there was an explosion of rhythm. I think there was an explosion of energy which we are really used to from you by now.”

She went on to point out Rhys was “really light on [his] feet” as she added: “But it didn’t continue down, so it made you a little bit busy to the music.”

Shirley Ballas explained: “Well from week one until week nine we can absolutely rely on your performance.

“It has been the same from the very beginning. That is your strength. Your rhythm was good, there was a small mistake and you will see it when they play it back.

“Your foot was going the wrong way and because of excitement you were going ahead of the music.”

Despite the feedback, Rhys and Nancy received a score of eight from each of the judges.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.

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