Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Karen Hauer not sorry for illegal lift

Karen Hauer

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 pro dancer Karen Hauer has said she's not sorry for adding an ilegal lift into her routine with Westlife singer Nicky Byrne.

The new pro dancer for this year's series was blasted by judge Craig Revel Horwood for adding the move into her Waltz with the singer on the first live show.

Craig gave the duo just two points, but fortunately for Nicky, fans kept him out of the bottom two.

Karen, who joined from the US show Dancing With The Stars, told The Sun today: “I don’t think it was a mistake. We take risks as performers and artists and it was a learning experience.

“I am new to this so I had to learn the ropes. It was just a shame Nicky did a great waltz and all of the focus was on those two seconds where my feet left the floor.”

Nicky also wasn't worried about Karen taking a risk, telling the newspaper: “It’s better to be talked about than not be talked about – not that we did it on purpose.

“In the aftermath we did think, ‘Well, that was a disaster’. But then it was one of the highlights of the weekend because everyone was talking about it.

“In that respect it was good and we survived it. It was week one and no one had to leave the show, so we were quite lucky.”

Browse pictures of last night's Strictly Come Dancing below...

Strictly continues with Strictly Come Dancing: The Results on Sunday 4th November at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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