Well we did it! Team Townley actually performed our disco routine on prime-time Saturday night telly and we got through it.
And if you think I was nervous, imagine what poor Lincoln was going through! Although dancing is way out of my comfort zone I have spent my life performing in front of TV cameras.
Lincoln had never been on a stage before, never mind in front of millions of viewers.
He may not be a rival for Justin Timberlake or Patrick Swayze but he got out there and did it having never danced a step until four weeks ago and I was so proud of him.
The dress rehearsal was a disaster for me as I had a “wardrobe malfunction” which resulted in me forgetting the routine and receiving a look from Lincoln that could have turned milk into yoghurt.
One of the poppers on my top came undone and I feared I was flashing my boobs. I promised myself I wouldn’t put the nation though that again... and I don’t mean my Big Brother fiasco.
On the Dancing On Ice Tour I skated proudly out on the ice and as I came out of a lift with my partner Matt Evers I heard a roar of laughter from the huge arena crowd. Unaware, I continued the routine until fellow contestant Hayley Tamaddon zoomed in and stood in front of me.
My top had come undone and as there was no room for a bra under my skimpy outfit there was nothing left to the imagination!
My fellow skaters were laughing so hard we could hardly finish the routine.
Anyway I was firmly stitched into my amazing Stepping Out costume adorned with 113 images of myself and Lincoln.
We took to the floor and just like Dirty Dancing we had the time of our lives.
We were so proud of the other couples as everyone danced so well and weeks of training had paid off.
OK we were not the judges’ favourite and we were second from last on the leader board, but I always knew that if we are to stay in this competition it will be the public who keep us there.
I don’t think I’ll be seeing a 10 from judge Jason Gardiner somehow!
It’s the rumba this week and I’ll admit we are finding it really tough.
It’s hard enough learning this type of dance with a professional, but it’s just me and Twinkle Toes so come on guys, it’s your chance to vote on Saturday and we’d love to stay in there for a third week.
Go on pick up the phone! You’ll make an old bird very happy!
Stressed out over big move
I’ll admit I have been quite short-tempered this week.
As well as training hard for Stepping Out, we are also moving house and I know now why it’s high up on the Richter scale of stress.
Apart from living out of cardboard boxes, the last minute hitches are endless.
The buyer’s lawyer wants info from my lawyer who wants info from me I don’t have. Then the mortgage people inform us that form a, clause b, paragraph c wasn’t completed properly and will take a further nine years to process!
Well, that’s a slight exaggeration but anyone who has bought and sold property will sympathise.
Because I’m so grumpy at the minute I’m finding lots of things irritating like the over-friendliness of people who work in supermarkets.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love and appreciate good service and abhor rudeness. However, I don’t want to have to give my life story to someone on the check-out when I go to buy a chicken.
According to someone I know who works on a checkout for a well- known chain, they are told to engage the customer in further conversation after every 10th item they beep through. So if you see a stressed, middle-aged woman practising dance steps and carrying a basket to the 10 items or less till it will probably be me!
My Bezzie of the week
My Bezzie of the Week is actor Marc Warren.
He’s Lincoln’s best friend and was a fantastic best man at our wedding. He’s always been there for Lincoln and when I’ve been screaming and shouting and being a grumpy dancer Lincoln’s been able to turn to him.
Marc finds it absolutely hysterical that Lincoln is doing this dance show because just a few weeks ago they were the two worst dancers alive.
This photo was taken at a restaurant. I came back to find Marc actually giving Lincoln tips on disco. They were doing the John Travolta bit at the table from Saturday Night Fever. People don’t realise how funny Marc is because he often plays quite serious roles.
He’s a great “uncle” to my son Louis and I love having Marc in my life.
When anyone used to ask me who I would like to work with one day I used to say “the actor Marc Warren” and I hope that when I stop twirling in Stepping Out and go back to the day job that I might do something with Marc in the future.
Scared of reality? Not now!
Before I took part in Dancing On Ice I said I would never do one of those shows because I was too scared.
Fast forward to... “Would you welcome on the ice Denise Welch and her partner Matt Evers”.
I had said “Big Brother? Not a cat in hell’s chance”. Fast forward to... “and the last person to enter the house is Denise Welch”.
After the horror of that episode in my life I vowed I would stick to my acting and, of course, Loose Women. Fast forward to... “Would you welcome onto the dance floor Denise Welch and her hubby Lincoln Townley”.
I now will never say never again because in my future you might hear... “and now would you welcome Denise Welch and Robson and Jerome on” ... that’s right... “The Big Reunion”.
PS. Lincoln has just said there is one show he knows I won’t go on... Celebrity MasterChef!