Strictly Come Dancing’s Charlotte Hawkins ‘covered in bruises’ after brutal training

Strictly Come Dancing’s Charlotte Hawkins has been left covered in bruises in training this week.

For this week’s movie themed special, Charlotte and pro partner Brendan Cole will be dancing the Tango to Danger Zone from Top Gun

And speaking on her ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain today, Charlotte gave her co-hosts an update in from training.

Richard Arnold observed: “You’re covered in bruises!”

Charlotte revealed she was trying to be in charge and had been working on her ‘Tango face’.

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“This week I’m getting character, do not mess with me,” she warned.

The TV presenter went on to say she was more confident in her latest dance after last week’s ‘disaster’.

In Saturday evening’s second live show, Brendan and Charlotte were dancing the Cha Cha to Sugar by Maroon 5.

Charlotte made a mistake early on and it led to “a few stumbles”, to quote Brendan.

The judges didn’t hold back with their criticisms and the pair ended with just 12 marks, but managed to avoid the dance off thanks to the viewer vote.

Speaking on It Takes Two earlier this week, Brendan had his say as Zoe Ball quizzed him on the judges’ comments.

On Saturday, Shirley had suggested Brendan could have made the routine easier but he hit back: “I think she could keep those opinions to herself.

“That was a very simple routine, it was a classic, cha cha. It was basic choreography, I put in two difficult steps…”

Charlotte Hawkins
Charlotte Hawkins

Brendan, a judge on the New Zealand version of the show Dancing with the Stars, remarked: “If Shirley wants to swap places with me I’m quite happy to judge her, I know how to do that.”

He went on to tell host Zoe: “It disappoints me because as the pros you almost can’t do the right thing. If you give too much, it’s too much, if you give too little, it’s not enough. She did say in the opening show, ‘I want to be excited, I’ve seen everything, show me something I haven’t seen before’, now it’s ‘you made it too hard’.

“It’s frustrating, but I don’t worry about them, I’m focused on us.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 continues this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.