Saturday night was a memorable occasion for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing star, Oti Mabuse. The talented dancer was joined on the dance floor by our very own Chief Executive, Andrew Devlin as they danced a very energetic Samba to a full house at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel. As you’ll see from the video below, both of them enjoyed entertaining the audience with their respective dance styles.
Andrew’s lucky number (456) was drawn from the raffle which meant he won the opportunity to dance with Oti Mabuse and make every other male in the room extremely envious. Given no time to prepare, Andrew joined in the spirit of the occasion and put on an admirable show for the room, so much so that one guest, Gerry Bonner awarded the couple a double 10!
The glittering evening was the “Little Less Strictly Come Dancing Ball” in aid of The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice when eight amateur dancers partner with professionals to challenge for the coveted Little Less Strictly Glitter Ball. As part of the process, the dancers have to raise money through sponsorship and this year the contestants raised a magnificent £100,000+ for the hospice.
This year’s winner was Jean Bonner, Director of Clean Sweep and husband of a very excited Gerry Bonner (who kindly awarded Andrew his double 10 score). Jean and her dance partner, Frederico Leão Ribeiro were one of two finalists who then performed their routine for the judges for a second time. Dentist, Philip Friel and his dance partner, Kerry Tierney put on a wonderful performance but were pipped at the post by Jean and Frederico. However, congratulations must go to all the contestants who helped make it a wonderful evening.
Below, you can see how Andrew and Oti handled the pressure of following some wonderful routines from the contestants and some exceptional dances by Oti and her Stirctly partner Giovanni Pernice. What do you think, could this be the start of a new career for Andrew, or does he look like a cat on a hot tin roof?