Lancashire acrobat and gymnast Holly Johnstone is hoping to be jumping for joy this weekend as she takes part in the final of BBC TV’s Tumble show.
The family show’s final is being held tonight – and Holly and partner Ian “H” Watkins are gearing up for possible glory.
The Lancaster-born circus performer has enjoyed every minute of her eight weeks working on the popular TV show and says she now hopes her performing partner – the former Steps singer – goes on to win top celebrity.
Holly, 23, is a natural-born dancer and gymnast. She started dancing at the age of five and as a youngster she was nicknamed Tigger because of her boundless energy.
She graduated from the Turning Point Theatre of Arts in Lancaster and then went on to the National Centre of Circus Arts. Her first job as a professional performer was in the Batman Live world arena tour, when she travelled across America.
Holly has been astonished at how well her co-performer “H” has picked up difficult routines.
She said: “The amount of effort he has put into training is incredible. He is doing tricks that takes professionals ages to learn and he has done it in just eight weeks.
“As we have gone along the professionals have become more competitive and I now think H deserves to win it.”
Holly said the training regime had been tough – often involving eight hours a day in two separate gyms. She had been nervous at performing on TV from the start, but had been amazed at how she adapted.
Said Holly: “I thought doing it live in front of that many people would freak me out.
“It was strange – once I got on stage I never even heard the audience and didn’t notice the cameras were there.”
She now hopes that whatever the outcome, her new high profile will help land her some major new roles in shows.
See how Holly and her partner H fare in the final of Tumble, hosted by Alex Jones, tonight at 6pm on BBC 1.