Quarter-final in sight for Matt

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SCARBOROUGH dance star Matt Flint is facing a challenging live show on tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance.

The 29 year old, who is through to the final 10, will be performing two duets this week instead of one.

During a break in training he spoke to the Evening News about how rehearsals had been going this week.

Matt said: “We’ve had double the amount of rehearsals for this Saturday, which has been tough, but it’s been going really well.

“This week we’re doing two dances which are very different to everything we’ve done before.

“Hopefully we can pull it off! If we can it will show that we’re more versatile. Doing the lindy hop last week was good because I wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone.”

The former Raincliffe School pupil was back in Scarborough on Sunday filming a sequence about his home town which will feature in tonight’s show.

Along with dance partner Charlotte Scally, Matt was filmed at the train station and at the seafront buying fish and chips.

He said: “It was Charlotte’s first trip to Scarborough and she loved it. It was good fun and I got to see my family before we had to get back on the train.”

Matt has attracted lots of positive comments during the show from judges Arlene Phillips, Nigel Lythgoe, Louise Redknapp and Sisco Gomez - who are known for not mincing their words.

He said: “For the last four weeks I’ve had some really good comments and not been put down.

“It’s all been positive, so now a little piece of me thinks that criticism is coming my way this week!”

Matt says he is still loving the whole experience of being on the show, but finds it strange when he gets recognised out and about in London.

He added: “It’s nice though when it happens in Scarborough! It really hits home when I’m back and people are coming up to me in the street.

“On Sunday people were even stopping their cars to come and speak to us.

“I’m lucky to have had tons of support and it makes a big difference, without a doubt.”

The competition is now hotting up with just 10 dancers left from the 20 who started the show.

If Matt gets voted through tonight he will have a place in the quarter finals.

He said: “I’m definitely feeling the pressure. This week is the last time we will get voted for as a couple - the last three will be done individually and there will only be one winner.

“I’m just taking it a week at a time. The nice comments boost your confidence, but it can easily turn around on you.

“A lot of the time I think it relies on how you come across on camera and whether your personality can get through the lens.”

Matt says he has had a great deal of support from his family, with his mum and dad travelling down to London to watch the live shows.

He added that his gran can’t travel to London but watches him on TV every week.

l So You Think You Can Dance is on BBC1 tonight at 5.35pm with the results show at 7.30pm.