ALL dances used to end with the Last Waltz and after
an amazing six weeks that's what Lisburn girl Rebecca Leonard faced
on Saturday night on BBC's Strictly Dance Fever.
After doing Lisburn proud and putting the city on
the map, Rebecca and her dance partner Adam were voted out of the
competition last weekend.
But despite that every one in Lisburn, her friends
and family, are incredibly proud of the local dancing queen.
After harsh comments from the judges for the last
few weeks, Rebecca knew they faced an uphill climb to survive
After strutting her stuff on the dance floor for
four weeks, Rebecca and Adam's final dance, the Mambo, didn't meet
with the judge's approval and despite overwhelming support from the
public, the couple bowed out in style last Saturday. Rebecca's
mother Irene is justly proud of her daughter and has thanked
everyone who gave so much support over the weeks.
Irene said: "For anyone who voted for Adam and
Rebecca, can I say a big thank-you.
"We are so proud of what Rebecca has achieved. This
will be a time of her life she will never forget.
"We will certainly never forget the excitement every
week. Wondering what the costumes would be like, how the dances have
gone, if we will get to hear her doing other things in the house.
"I hope this opens other opportunities for her. She
gave her best at everything she did. For a while at least it put
Lisburn in the public eye and I think she has been a great
ambassador for our city." Speaking after the show, Rebecca said they
knew they were under pressure last week.
"We knew we were in serious danger of going to go
out on Saturday" she said.
" The week before we were in the bottom two and we
were really gutted because we didn't really expect it, so we thought
that even if we did the performance of our lives the judges would
still slate us. But at least we went out on a high and we did a good
"I miss it so much already and I have only been away
for two days. I miss everybody in the house and I just don't know
what to do with myself.
"This has opened a door for me because I could go
back to what I did before or I could take a completely new route.
"I am coming home for a few days to take stock but I
will be coming back to London and we will all be meeting up for the
"Adam was offered a scholarship for one of the most
prestigious theatre schools in London and I was really hoping that
he would get something.
"I feel like I have played a part in encouraging him
and I felt like his teacher sometimes. I hope I helped him realise
he could make a really good dancer.
"I left him last night and I really miss him. I know
I bossed him about and we had a bit of a bicker but he was like a
wee brother to me
and hopefully we will keep in touch.
"We were probably one of the best matched couples
because our style of dance when Adam has been trained will be very
similar and our personalities were very similar.
"I got on with everybody in the competition and
every single person left in the house deserves to win for one reason
"I shared a room with Jodie and Claire and I got
close to them and their partners but we all got really close as
there were so few people left.
"I would like to see everybody win. I really hope
Nathan gets better and if he doesn't I hope Kirsty does really well
because she's really talented. I love Cem and Gemma as well. The
final five who are there are all people who should be there.
"I think that this Saturday will be the most
interesting because any one of them could go.
"I would like to say thanks to my family and friends
for organising all the promotion and getting posters made.
"I believe Lisnagarvey Operatic Society and my
school were supporting me. There are so many people who supported
"Thank you to everybody in Lisburn who voted for me.
I am just so pleased because we never thought we would get so far.
"For somebody from Northern Ireland to do so well is
a really good reflection on all the people there. Thank you to