When it comes to finding the hunger and determination to improve her Strictly Come Dancing performance, Judy Murray has probably the best teacher for the job: her son Andy.
Radio Times’s Strictly columnist reveals in this week’s magazine that her champion sportsman son has told her to “raise her game” so she stays in the competition – and he can eventually see her dance in person.
The 55-year-old says: “Andy and Jamie watch my performance every week from afar and they reckon I’m getting better. Their opinion means more to me than Bruno’s and Craig’s. I would love Andy and Jamie to come to see me dance, but that isn’t going to be possible for another couple of weeks. Andy keeps telling me to ‘up my game’ so that he can come to the studio. Now there’s an incentive! That really would be payback. “
As Judy says, Andy has a very busy two weeks on court coming up as he battles to win qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals with tournaments in Valencia and Paris.
But despite notching up her best score so far in the competition at the weekend – a 22 for her tango with professional partner Anton Du Beke – Judy probably still needs all the help she can get.
She got a roasting from the judges, including Craig Revel Horwood who said she looked like she’d been “lobotomised” on Saturday. And she was only spared from the danger zone thanks to the viewer vote with Bargain Hunt’s Tim Wonnacott the third person to be eliminated after a dance off against former TOWIE star Mark Wright.
However, it sounds like the 2013 Wimbledon champion enjoys ribbing his mum’s dancing style. “Anton and I performed a tango last Saturday and he told me I had to be sexy and sensual and look at him as if I wanted to rip his kit off,” Judy reveals. “In his dreams.
“When Andy heard what dance we were doing he said I might have finally found a dance I’m good at because it involves stomping around and looking angry – cheers, kid!”
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