Strictly Come Dancing's Michael Vaughan has confessed he loved getting a more positive reception last weekend.
The England cricketer bounced back from being in the bottom two the week before to wow with a quickstep that placed him joint second on the leaderboard.
"It’s a nicer feeling to be on stage getting a standing ovation – as we were last week after our quickstep – than standing there getting a complete battering," Michael said this week. "We’d worked so hard for six weeks, it just had to come together eventually.
"I think people felt I was just having fun on Strictly because the jive and the cha-cha-cha that I’d danced before are fun dances. I think ballroom so far has suited me more, though."
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Michael gushed: "Where Nat my dance partner has taken me – from not knowing anything five weeks ago to getting an eight from Craig last week - is remarkable. I call her Harry Potter."
And he continued: "I think the sportsmen are starting to do well in Strictly because we’re used to working six, seven hours a day and the aches and pains that come with it.
"For 20 odd years I’ve never not had an ache or a pain. You get used to the pain barrier and go through it. I’ve a huge amount of respect for Victoria Pendleton (left), coming straight out of the Olympics and doing Strictly Come Dancing. You put yourself in a vulnerable position doing this show. She’s a good girl. "
Tune in to this week’s show on Saturday 3rd November at 6.30pm for Strictly Come Dancing with Strictly Come Dancing: The Results on Sunday 4th November at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.