‘A low blow!’ Strictly’s Rhys Stephenson blames Claudia Winkleman for his tearful display

Rhys Stephenson says Claudia pulled a 'low blow'

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Strictly Come Dancing star Rhys Stephenson has jokingly hit out at host Claudia Winkleman after she produced a video of his grandparents that made him cry. Appearing on spin-off show It Takes Two this evening with his professional partner Nancy Xu and host Rylan Clark-Neal, the children’s TV presenter, 28, spoke about the moment that saw him break down on Saturday night.

Low! It was low, Claudia

Rhys Stephenson

Sitting on the sofa next to Nancy, Rhys spoke about how much he enjoyed dancing the Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston on Saturday.

However, viewers were shocked to watch Rhys break down in tears at the end of the performance.

Speaking about the tearful moment, Rylan asked the star: “You got so emotional, what just hit you?”

Rhys admitted that he wasn’t entirely prepared for the overwhelming moment.

“I don’t know,” he confessed, before adding, “I broke down like Bruce Willis in Friends, I just couldn’t stop.

“Because I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to cry now,’ and thought it would be a cute little cry with tears, but no, it was sobbing.”

However, the star admitted that one particular thing exacerbated his teariness.

Rhys continued: “And then Claudia pulled out the grandparent card which was a low blow!”

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“Claude and the grandparent card, what are you like?” Rylan exclaimed.

“Low! It was low, Claudia,” Rhys added.

“You with the lovely fringe,” Rylan said, as the three of them fell about laughing.

After he’d initially calmed down following the end of the emotional Waltz, Rhys and Nancy went to join Claudia ahead of receiving their scores.

But Rhys soon broke down again after receiving a sweet message from his grandparents in the Cayman Islands who told him how proud they were of him.

Taking to social media to address his outpouring of emotion, Rhys apologised for his tears.

He told his 25,100 followers: “So that was a bit of an over pouring of emotion, sorry for becoming Bruce Willis in Friends but I think it hit me properly where I am and what a dream come true all of this is.

“Thank you for enjoying our waltz, it was the first time I felt absolute peace on that dance floor.

“Also, @claudiawinkle, playing my grandparents after!? That was low.”

Nancy and Rhys found themselves in the dance off with Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin last week with all four judges deciding to save the couple.

This week sees Rhys and Nancy perform the Argentine Tango to In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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