Sara Davis has been given permission from pro partner Aljaž Škorjanec’s wife Janette Manrara to replicate Katya Jones and Adam Peaty’s near-kiss which shocked Strictly viewers last Saturday.
The Dragon’s Den star, 37, was told to treat the professional dancer ‘like he’s your own’ by the new It Takes Two host who spurred her by saying: ‘I’m good with it, your husband is good with it, you have to be good with it.’
Businesswoman Sara, who’s been married for 14 years and shares two children with husband Simon, says she refuses to hold back this week when she performs an intimate rendition of the Rumba with Aljaž to Shania Twain’s You’re Still The One.
‘I have to embrace it’: Strictly star Sara Davis has been given permission from pro partner Aljaž Škorjanec’s wife Janette Manrara to replicate Katya Jones and Adam Peaty’s near-kiss
Sara told MailOnline: ‘At the start of the series knowing I had to do a Rumba I was thinking oh my God I’m dreading when I have to do that. I thought how am I going to do that?
‘I’ve made friends with his wife as well; millions of people are going to be watching, how am I going to pull that off?
‘But because we’re in week five and I have become such great friends and I’m so close with him I now know that if I don’t give it my all and don’t perform it like that I’m going to let him down. The feeling of letting him down is so much worse than that little bit of letting myself go.
‘Janette gave me a right talking to about it. She said, “look Sara, you’re going to have to look into his eyes and imagine that my husband is actually your husband and imagine it’s Simon and dance it like it’s him.” She said “I’m good with it, Simon is good with it, you have to be good with it.”‘
‘I’m so close with him’: Sara was told to treat Aljaž ‘like he’s your own’ by Janette who spurred her by saying: ‘I’m good with it, your husband is good with it, you have to be good with it’
Sara even has approval from dancer Janette’s mum who warned her not to ‘spoil’ the routine known for its sensual hip movements by being hesitate.
She added: ‘Her mum was on FaceTime and talking to me in her native tongue and Janette was translating and she was saying “you’ve just got to go for it, don’t hold back or you’ll spoil the dance.”
‘Aljaž’s mother-in-law has told me I have to embrace this so I can’t let anyone down.’
Katya and Adam’s performance of the Argentine Tango on Saturday ended with the couple almost kissing, which has since caused the Olympian to speak out in defence of his personal life and relationship with girlfriend Eiri Munro.
But Sara believes the panel including head judge Shirley Ballas wants to see intimacy on the dance floor and she will take inspiration from swimmer Adam who pushed the boundaries for the sake of his performance last weekend.
‘I need to give it my all’: Sara believes the judging panel wants to see intimacy on the dance floor and she will take inspiration from Adam who pushed the boundaries for his performance
She said: ‘The feedback I got in week one was I held back, and I needed to give it my all and put it all into my performance. So, every week that’s what I’ve done, I’ve put it all into my dance.
‘I’m going to have to do it this weekend with the Rumba, which is what Adam did at the weekend.
‘I feel so bad for him because his personal life has been a nightmare this past week and everyone is talking about it when all he’s tried to do is give his all into dancing with Katya, which I can appreciate because that’s what I’m trying to do as well.
‘I hope it hasn’t put him off doing that again because the Argentine Tango that he did absolutely calls for that.
‘I have become really close to Adam he’s one of my best friends through this process and I think if he was to do a dance and know he’s held back and that’s what cost him his place in the competition he would be so annoyed with himself. I can see him being in real mental turmoil over this.’
Covered: Sara, pictured during week one of Strictly, insisted that her ‘lumps and bumps’ must be covered when she first signed up for the competition but she’s now feeling body confident
Sara, who’s been top of the leader board twice this series, says ‘everybody’ is commenting on her weight loss and It Takes Two host Rylan Clark-Neal made her day after complimenting her slimmed down figure.
She said: ‘I’m not noticing it personally however; everybody is telling me that. They’re saying ‘oh my God you’re just disappearing in front of us’ and I’m like really? It’s not just one or two people; it’s so many people.
‘I met Rylan the other day doing It Takes Two – I’ve never met him before in my life – and the first thing he said was ‘babe, you are looking so good, it’s just incredible’ – it made my day.’
The mother-of-two insisted that her ‘lumps and bumps’ must be covered when she first signed up for Strictly and she wore a corset and Spanx to conceal her body.
‘I’m so chuffed’: The Dragon’s Den star says ‘everybody’ is commenting on her weight loss and Rylan Clark-Neal made her day after complimenting her slimmed down figure (pictured last week)
But now, just five weeks into the competition, she’s happy to wear a dress that shows off her thighs after deciding she finally wants to celebrate her ‘tummy.’
Sara said: ‘It’s funny because I always say to them with the dresses you’ve got to cover up all my lumps and bumps and my mum tum that is absolutely massive and I want you to put ruching over the front so I don’t notice and a corset and a pair of Spanx over the corset.
‘But this week they showed me my dress design and said it’s got a dropped hem how do you feel about that? If they had shown me that in week one I would have said absolutely not – they haven’t stitched the hem on yet because they said they could raise it if I’m uncomfortable with it and I just said lets try it.
‘I was so surprised and so chuffed with myself. If I look at my dance on Saturday I’m still like I’m packed into that dress a little bit and it’s still tight across there and I have my tummy sticking out but I want to celebrate it and not hide it.’