Dance off duo are Strictly not afraid of breath taking Ballroom

Kevin Clifton and Kellie Bright at Blackpool Tower for Strictly Come Dancing
Kevin Clifton and Kellie Bright at Blackpool Tower for Strictly Come Dancing
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They've each hit the bottom of the pile in this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but Kellie Bright and Jamelia won't let it get them down.

Actress Kellie and singer-turned-Loose Women panellist Jamelia have both faced the 'dreaded dance off' landing in the bottom two of the competition in previous weeks - the latter having broken Strictly records to survive it four times.

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus

But they agree it's made them stronger in the contest.

"I've become the dance off advisor," Jamelia said. "I do think once you've been through it and come out the other side you feel a little bit stronger and freer."

"It gave me the freedom to enjoy it again," Kellie added. "But for 99 per cent of us, we are going to have to leave at some point and everyone's so good you have to see it in a positive way."

EastEnders star Kellie said the Tower Ballroom was breath taking, adding: "I had seen it on the telly, but seeing it in person, there's something I can't explain."

The star, who will dance a quickstep tonight, took time out from the rehearsal schedule to call in on the British National Championship taking place at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens with partner Kevin Clifton.

"It was so interesting, especially going with Kevin, his last competition was at the Winter Gardens eight years ago or something, and I could tell he was really affected walking back in there."

Jamelia was also taken in by the dazzling dance venue, saying she was 'fortunate' to be dancing a quickstep there, adding that the bouncy dancefloor made her feel like a 'kangaroo' as she practised with partner Tristan MacManus.

"It's going to be a fantastic show," she said, having seen some of her fellow celebrities' dances.

And Kellie added: "I have heard the audience really make it here, that they take the roof off.

"It's going to be very exciting."

See Blackpool Tower go live to the nation tonight at 6.50pm, followed by tomorrow's results show at 7.15pm, both on BBC1.