Strictly: Helen and Gorka discuss their childrens' feedback
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As the Strictly stars headed for the iconic Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, the actress and radio presenter has revealed what she thinks of fiance Gorka and his dancing partner Helen Skelton. The pair have yet to face the dreaded dance-off and Gemma Atkinson and daughter Mia have thrown their support behind the duo.
As they make it through to week 10 of the competition, Gemma, 38, has shown her support for the dancing duo.
Speaking of the partnership, she said: “Gorka and Helen have been amazing so far this year and I’m so so proud of them.
“Helen is just wonderful, she’s lovely, Mia absolutely loves them.”
As the grand finale edges closer, Gemma has her “fingers crossed” they’ll make it all the way.
She added: “I can’t wait to see them, and I’ll be going down to support them.”
The pair scored a whopping 39 points over the weekend, narrowly missing out on a perfect 40 score.
However, daughter Mia’s support seemed to be focussed on another star on the show.
Gemma admitted while Mia “loves seeing her dad on telly” she’s also supporting Will Mellor in the dancing competition.
Speaking of her daughter’s interest in the competition, Gemma explained “she’s got a little crush” on the actor.
But she’s still inspired watching her father each week, with Gemma sharing “she loves seeing him on the telly and she will definitely be a little dancer herself”.
“The number of times we’ve had to re-watch the dances, I would say even I know the routines by now actually,” the actress remarked.
In the lead up to Christmas though, it can be difficult having Gorka, 32 on the road.
Gemma admitted: “She does miss him, but we’re lucky though in this day and age that we’ve got Facetime and Zoom, so he calls every day, every hour of every day.”
The actress has her own busy lead up to the festive period as she joins Fisher Price for their latest campaign supporting families across the UK.
She explained: “The Make There’s Magic campaign is wonderful.
“Fisher Price Play Lab have teamed up with Family Action for their annual Christmas toy appeal.
“They’re donating thousands of toys to the campaign so they can go on to families across the UK who could do with a helping hand this Christmas, because every child deserves to have toys.”
As a mum to Mia, Gemma understands the “challenges that parents face when it comes to certain times of the year”.
She added positively: “I just think every family could do with a helping hand especially at Christmas.
“The fact that so many children across the UK don’t necessarily get as many toys as others, it’s great that the Make Theirs Magic campaign can help to even things out and I just think as an annual toy appeal, it’s a wonderful positive thing to be involved in.
“I can’t wait to hear from the families who received these Fisher-Price toys that we helped to wrap this Christmas, and hopefully a lot more children will have a better Christmas because of this”.
Family Action Make Theirs Magic Campaign supported by the Fisher-Price Play Lab
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