Vote plea for Kent's Strictly pair

Vote plea for Kent's Strictly pair

by The What's On blog, with Chris Price Thursday, December 20 2012

Pick up the phone is the plea from the parents of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer James Jordan.

The ballroom expert, who grew up in Walderslade, has made it to the final of the BBC1 show with his celebrity partner Denise Van Outen, who lives in Biddenden, near Tenterden.

However James' father, Allan Jordan, 60, who lives on St Mary's Island, Chatham, is worried his son's home county are not getting behind him, after the pair found themselves in the bottom two in the last two shows.

The pair face Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer, Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith in the final.

Allan said: "He's a local lad and she's a fantastic dancer but they are not pulling in the votes.

"Denise has had a lot of bad press saying she is a trained dancer but she only went to stage school until she was 13, plus Kimberly Walsh and Dani Harmer also went to stage school.

"Louis Smith's training regime must have prepared him for something like this too.

"Denise is the best dancer on the show without a doubt and she works tirelessly. 

"They are training for 12 hours a day and that is why she is so good.

"She is 100% committed."

The final is decided entirely on the public vote, with the judges unable to save Denise, 38, and James, 34, like they have done in the last two weeks.

There is added pressure to win the coveted Glitterball for James, who lives near Maidstone, as his wife Ola won the series in 2009 with another Kent lad, BBC presenter Chris Hollins, who went to school in Tonbridge.

"It would be lovely for James to win and put another Glitterball alongside Ola's," added Allan.

"It's put James under a lot of pressure to do well because Denise is so good."


Shortly after signing a record deal with Sony, X Factor contestant Ella Henderson celebrated with a gig in the county.

The 16-year-old performed for 300 people at the Lounge in Chislehurst on Sunday, December 16. 

The Grimsby-based singer had been at the centre of a bidding war between Simon Cowell’s Syco label and his fellow Sony imprints Columbia, Epic and RCA.

Lounge co-owner James London said: “When news first spread that we would be hosting a night with Ella, tickets sold out in less than two hours. 

“She was over the moon with the news of her Sony contract, and spent hours chatting with guests, signing autographs and taking pictures.

“She is undoubtedly one of the most talented contestants to come out of this year’s X Factor.”

Despite her shock exit in week seven, many in attendance would be willing to bet she has more hit singles in 2013 than show winner James Arthur. 

Categories: Celebrities | Entertainment | Showbiz | TV

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