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Rhys Stephenson shares toughest lesson Strictly’s taught him ‘Like a poison’

Strictly: Rhys shares toughest lesson Strictly's taught him 'Like a poison'

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Rhys Stephenson and professional dance partner Nancy Xu have shimmied their way to the halfway point of Strictly Come Dancing. However, making it through to week eight has not been without its challenges as the pair recently landed themselves in the dance-off. Despite the judges saving them, and the couple sailing through Halloween Week, Rhys has admitted his confidence has taken a hit.

CBBC presenter Rhys and partner Nancy were interviewed by Janette Manrara on Wednesday’s instalment of It Takes Two on BBC Two.

The pair landed themselves in the dreaded dance-off two weekends ago, but they were saved by the judges who chose to boot off Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse.

But last Saturday night Rhys and Nancy placed fifth on the leaderboard with their Paso Doble to The Eve of the War by Jeff Wayne.

Janette asked Rhys what it felt like to avoid the dance-off last weekend, saying: “Do you know what? You were so tough on yourself in training.

“You smashed it last week. Surely you must feel you are kind of believing in yourself again a little bit more?”

The presenter replied: “Absolutely. I have said a lot about not deserving a place but I have never not deserved it, I need to tell myself that.”

He explained that Strictly has taught him to believe in himself more and “let go” of weighty negative thoughts.

Rhys added: “It’s just a feeling that you get. It’s a horrible thing when that happens, it’s like a poison that seeps through your body.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to let it get out of your system – it’s really hard as you can’t throw it away at times.

“You’ve just got to be patient and when it goes be grateful and move on.”

A sympathetic Janette agreed and told him that one of the toughest things people can do is become engulfed by negative thoughts.

“It’s really hard when it gets in there, but Nancy you are such a pro and I can see you are being really supportive and helping Rhys out,” Janette added.

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“What are the sort of things do you say to him when he gets into that rut and is stuck in his own head?”

An upbeat Nancy explained she wants to make sure Rhys is enjoying every day of the Strictly experience and not be so hard on himself.

She said: “But this week he has come back to me, he’s smiling and he’s enjoying himself and believing in himself again.”

Rhys said he is trying to learn to “snap out of it” if he is ever too tough on himself during the live shows or rehearsals.

Rhys and Nancy will perform the Quickstep to What A Man Gotta Do by the Jonas Brothers this weekend.

The last pair to be booted off the competition were Judi Love and pro Graziano Di Prima. 

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One. 

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