The end is in sight. And my eyes fill with tears as I write. My sequinned rocket to the helium-rich Planet Strictly is in its final descent back to Planet Reality. But I’m not ready for re-entry.
What do astronauts do when they come down to Earth with a bump? After retirement, Commander Chris Hadfield was filmed doing everyday things – mowing the lawn, driving the car – in his spacesuit.
I began as a novice. I’d done lumbering ballet as a child and I’m first on the floor if I ever go clubbing. But now, since our jive in the very first week, I have to hold myself back from cartwheeling onto the BBC Breakfast sofa every morning.
I knew nothing about Kevin from Grimsby before we were partnered together. More fool me. He had the patience, enthusiasm and energy to inspire me to dance to a level I’d never believed possible. Together we took the roof off the Blackpool ballroom with a fiery paso doble. And even after I messed up his choreography in the quickstep, he told me my love of dancing reminded him why he’d begun in the first place.
Now he’s letting me go – until we’re reunited for the tour – and I return to the arms of my partner, Dom. The light my family shine in my life will brighten up the long shadows that the end of Strictly will cast. I just hope my kids won’t mind me wearing a sparkly dress and strappy heels on the school run.
The Strictly Come Dancing final is on Saturday at 6:30pm on BBC1.