Strictly’s James Jordan calls Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez ‘perfect couple’

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan has branded Helen Skelton and Gorka Márquez the “perfect couple”.

Taking to Twitter to give his annual weekly verdict on the performances, James, who was a pro on the show from 2006 to 2013, said the pair were “amazing”.

The 44 year old wrote on Twitter: “Helen. You clever boy Gorka. Clearly the best of the night so far and for week 1 amazing. Perfect couple – beautiful costumes – loved the musicality – wonderful.

"Just needs a little more light and shade and maybe softness of her spine. Didn’t expect that BUT WONDERFUL #8”.

And James’ followers agreed that the pair make quite the match, with one writing: “I was absolutely delighted by the chemistry.”

A second added: “This partnership will go far”. A third wrote: “She needs this after such a dreadful time”.

Presenter Helen, 39, recently split from her rugby player husband Richie Myler, with the Leeds Rhino star going on to date the daughter of the club’s president Stephanie Thirkill soon after.

Helen and Richie, 32, share three children together – Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and daughter Elsie, who she welcomed in December 2021. They split four months later.

Meanwhile, Gorka is engaged to actress Gemma Atkinson, who he met whilst taking part in the BBC One dancing show, and the pair are parents to daughter Mia, three.

Gorka, 32, hinted at the turbulent time in his partner Helen's life following her split after their first dance on the programme, which saw them score an impressive 26 points.

Speaking to host Claudia Winkleman, the Spanish dancer said the Countryfile star’s confidence isn’t the best at the moment and she needs to believe in herself.

He said: “I think she’s great but she needs to believe. I know her confidence at the moment isn’t great but she needs to believe in herself and believe she can do it.

"I think she has a lot of potential and she’s a beautiful dancer. I believe in her as well.”

Helen added: “I kept trying to leave and he was like: ‘No come back!’”

Judge Anton Du Beke also told Helen she needs to “believe in herself more”.

The couple were awarded a seven by Anton and fellow judge Motsi Mabuse, while head judge Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood awarded them sixes.

But James, who is married to former Strictly pro Ola Jordan, said he thinks the couple should have been scored higher by the judges, writing: “The judges have given others tonight 7’s yet she only gets the same. Oh dear”.


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