Strictly Come Dancing's Laura Whitmore says the dance-off has given her a boost

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Strictly Come Dancing's Laura Whitmore says being in the dance-off has given her a boost.

Laura and pro partner Giovanni Pernice had to dance again on Sunday night to keep their place in the competition.

The judges had to decide between her and Tameka Empson and it wasn't a unanimous vote.

But Laura survived for another week and spoke about the weekend's events on It Takes Two tonight.

She said: "You kind of prepare yourself for that. Melvin going the first week gave us a bit of a kick and every time you dance could be the last time you dance."

Laura's pro partner Giovanni admitted: "I was shocked.... yes and no, this is a really difficult competition, they're all brilliant but I was a little bit shocked, a little bit."

And he added: "She was a little bit scared to dance again and needed a hug but she went out there and smashed it. She did it."

Laura said she was "happy" with how it went in the dance off, but added: "But it's a strong competition and Tameka is so good and you don't know.

"I'm not a dancer but all you can do is try and improve. For me it's a personal journey as well, I don't want to et myself down, or Gio because he's put a lot of work in."

Laura concluded: "[Being in the dance off], it kind of gives you a bit of a boost, to come out and fight.

This week Laura and Giovanni will be dancing the Quickstep to 'Ballroom Blitz' by The Sweet.

Gio told Zoe Ball on BBC Two to expect a quick, quick step with the pair going all out to impress the judges and viewers.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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