Danny Mac: Strictly helped me through a tough week with Dad

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Strictly Come Dancing star Danny Mac revealed that the show has been an "escape" after a difficult week at home.

He and partner Oti Mabuse topped the judges' leader board on last weekend's show with their Argentine tango to I Heard It Through the Grapevine, by Marvin Gaye.

But Danny had more than dancing on his mind as he said on the show that it had been a "tough week" for his "dad".

On Sunday night, he tweeted the Strictly team, writing: "Personally you guys have carried me through more than just a dancing competition this week and I'm so grateful."

But speaking to Zoe Ball on the show's BBC Two spin-off It Takes Two on Wednesday evening, he said: "The dance was my escape from that and I threw myself into it.

"It was fantastic for me and really helpful. I was so focused, it was all I could think about."

A winning dance for Danny and Oti.
A winning dance for Danny and Oti (Guy Levi/BBC/PA)

Zoe passed on well wishes to his father.

After their success in week eight, Danny and Oti will be dancing the Charleston to Gregory Porter's Puttin' On The Ritz as the show moves to Blackpool on Saturday.

Barely hours after getting to grips with the dynamic dance's steps, Danny said: "It's a lot of fun, but you don't realise the effort. It's so difficult - I can't just use my legs, I've got to use everything."

But what else did we learn from the show?

We took a peek at the progress the other six couples had made as they reached the halfway point in their week of training.

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Dancer Joanne Clifton revealed that her partner, Ore Oduba, struggled with counting, but people were most interested in what she was wearing...

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Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.55pm.

It will come after a busy week for Ore and contestant Greg Rutherford, who both celebrate their 30th birthdays on Thursday.