Strictly Come Dancing: Karen Clifton says her work’s ‘finally been recognised’

Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Clifton became emotional as she said her work has "finally been recognised" after seven years on the show.

She and Charles Venn’s Samba wowed the judges on Saturday night in their Blackpool spectacular, as he gyrated with his shirt open alongside other hunky dancers.

Shirley Ballas exclaimed how the dancing was "real" as if she was in Brazil itself with his amazing moves, but for Karen, her high marks meant a whole lot more.

On It Takes Two, the couple chatted with Zoe Ball about their top marks so far, which gained them a 38 out of 40, with both Shirley and Bruno Tonioli doling out the top marks.

Strictly Come Dancing: Karen Clifton says her work's 'finally been recognised'

Sadly they didn’t spell her role as ‘sensei’ corectly
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Karen became emotional and hung her head over the sofa and covered her face, and Charles tried to stroke her back in support.

On why it took so long to get those amazing scores, she said: "Seven years! I just don’t know why it took so long, I guess I was waiting for Charles.

"But it’s just… really nice to be recognised, for once."

Karen could barely utter that final line as she became incredibly emotional, before continuing with her comments.

Strictly Come Dancing: Karen Clifton says her work's 'finally been recognised'

She could barely explain how excited she was
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She added: "I mean, now I know what it feels like to get a 10, and it was amazing and to have done it with this man who…

"It’s an incredible feeling and I’m just…"

Karen’s emotions clearly got the better of her as she kept trailing off, before Charles jumped in and sung her praises, telling Zoe how she has been his "sensei" and supported him throughout some difficult weeks.

While Karen and Charles triumphed, sadly Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec were the ones who failed to impress, despite scoring a mighty 30 from the judges.

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They danced against Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse, but sadly did not do quite enough to win and went home in Blackpool style.

It Takes Two airs Mondays-Thursdays at 6.30pm and on Fridays at 6pm on BBC2.