Strictly star Mark Wright struggles with early morning wake-up call

Published Tuesday, Oct 28 2014, 10:43 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Wright was struggling to keep his eyes open this morning thanks to his fiancée, Michelle Keegan!

The former TOWIE star had an early start as he joined dance partner Karen Haeur to talk all things Strictly on BBC Breakfast.

But, feeling a little bleary-eyed, Mark was quick to blame his missus for keeping him awake all night!

Strictly Come Dancing's Mark Wright and Karen Hauer leave the BBC Breakfast studios at MediaCityUK
28 October

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With a busy day packed with TV appearances and plenty of hours in the rehearsal studio, we're pretty sure Mark would have been counting on a decent night sleep. But, thanks to Michelle, the 27-year-old was kept awake as the pair got into the Halloween spirit.

Not feeling too great this morning, Mark tweeted: "Absolute bags under my eyes today. @michkeegan you're fault keeping me up watching Hocus Pocus!!"

But, Mark, it is a classic, right?!

Strictly Come Dancing's Mark Wright leaves the BBC Breakfast studios at MediaCityUK
28 October

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Despite his lack of sleep, like a pro Mark made it on time for his breakfast appearance and we certainly didn't notice any bags under his eyes!

Looking dapper in a navy roll neck jumper and jeans, Mark joined dancer Karen on the BBC Breakfast sofa, before heading off together to practice the jive for their next Strictly performance.

The dancing couple's early start comes after Mark wowed the judges with his energetic Samba routine on Saturday night - bagging himself a high score of 33 and third place on the leaderboard.

The previous week, Mark found himself in the bottom two, but managed to survive the dance off against Bargain Hunt star Tim Wonnacott.

Mark Wright fights back tears on Strictly

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Determined not to put himself back there during Sunday's results show, Mark sailed through to the next round after his impressive performance.

Finding out he was safe from elimination got a little too much for the Heart FM DJ though and, feeling overwhelmed, Mark struggled to hold back the tears following the result.

Taking to Twitter after the show, Mark apologised for getting teary. He tweeted: "Sorry to get emotional but I just love it so much, I don't want to leave."

Luckily for Mark, he'll be taking to the ballroom floor once more as Thom Evans was the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly in a shock exit over the weekend.

Despite the judges telling Thom he didn't deserve to be in the bottom two, the rugby star was then voted out of the competition as Blue singer Simon Webbe was saved from elimination.

With two votes each, it was head judge Len Goodman who had the deciding vote, opting to save Simon as he had the "cleanest footwork" on the night.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday (1 November) at 6.30pm and Sunday (2 November) at 7.20pm.

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Watch Mark's Samba routine here: