Natalie Gumede, Corrie star Natalie Gumede is blogging exclusively for Yahoo as she tries her luck at Strictly Come Dancing with partner Artem Chigvintsev. This week she’s grappling with lifts and personal heartache as she tries her luck at the American Smooth…
Last Saturday felt rather subdued after the big hurrah that was Blackpool. It had been a long tiring week with very little energy to do anything but dance and sleep; even talking became a chore.
On a night where the judges put us all under a microscope, Artem and I were thrilled to receive a score of 37 out of 40 and make it through to week 10! Thank you once again to everyone who voted, we couldn’t do it without you!
This week is musicals week, and we are dancing an American Smooth to ‘I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ from ‘Dreamgirls’ and it’s a BIG song.
When I say BIG song I’m saying it in a Barry White style rasp. It feels so raw it’s like rubbing salt into an open flesh wound.
I’ve been resorting to goofing around miming it Mariah Carey style because I’m so intimidated by it, which has led to Artem telling me off for not concentrating – but every time the song has been played so far it has reminded me of every heartache I’ve ever felt, so grimacing and hand waggling is how I have dealt with it so far.