The athlete performed a Couples’ Choice dance choreographed by her professional dance partner Katya Jones, performing a Street Commercial routine to Shine by Years & Years. And not only did she win over the Strictly Come Dancing judges, but she also managed to move viewers at home.
“I cannot explain how much I love Nicola and Katya. The power they hold as the first same sex couple to ever dance on strictly. I love Nicola. I love Katya. I love them. I would love for them to win. #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly2020,” a third wrote.
The performance was so powerful, it brought some viewers to tears.
— JKRowlinginthedeep (@rowlinginthede1) October 31, 2020
“Pure joy! I LOVE Nicola so much and my eyes seem to be wet #Strictly” another said.
Nicola & Katya bought tears to my eyes, I was so moved by their beautiful dancing #Strictly
— GinPot (@Gingig) October 31, 2020
Nicola’s performance comes after she opened up about her upbringing in a heartfelt clip.
In the short video montage, featuring her boxing coach, Nicola spoke about how she came to be a boxer growing up in a council estate.
One day, when her mother didn’t have a babysitter, she took Nicola to a local boxing centre to be watched, and she took up the sport.
During her childhood, Nicola was told that she should get a “real job” and that women’s boxing wasn’t as successful. Nevertheless, she persisted, with Katya calling her an “inspiration.”
The duo were awarded an impressive 24 points for their performance and finished second on the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard, just behind EastEnder actress Maisie Smith and YouTube star HRVY in joint first place.
Even Craig Revel Horwood – who we all know isn’t very easy to please – praised them on their dance!
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