What do you get if you cross an actor with rhythmic gymnastics and a punk rock theme?
Warren Slingsby, a coach on new BBC show Tumble, is hoping that unique equation will result in yet more high scores for his protege on Saturday. (Aug 23)
The former GB junior squad coach, who has coached at Leeds Gymnastics Club since 1989, is the man behind the transformation of soap hunk John Partridge into a Cirque du Soleil style acrobat.
TheEastEnders star dazzled the judges with his acrobatic floor routine to top the scoreboard in the first week, then topped that score again with his breath-taking aerial hoop routine on last week’s show.
Warren said: “It’s really nerve-racking but I was so proud.
“I had tears in my eyes at the end of the routine.”
The next two weeks will see the couples showcasing their rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining skills.
Describing John’s forthcoming performance, Warren said: “It’s about as far away from rhythmic gymnastics as you can get – that’s the cool thing about it.
“We’ve turned it completely on its head, it’s not all pretty and girly and beautiful, it’s much more full on.”
Former Leeds Gymnastics Club member Alex Uttley – who Warren trained as a youngster – became the first professional to crash out of the competition on Saturday when his partner, former Loose Women presenter Andrea Mclean, was voted off.
Alex, who trained in Leeds from the age of 11 to 16 then at Wakefield Gymnastics Club until he was 21, said: “It was hard. We didn’t want to leave so early but I was really proud of Andrea.”
However, the 29-year-old remains part of the Tumble team and will perform in the weekly group routines on the show, which also stars Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and Olympic medallist Louis Smith as a judge.