Strictly Come Dancing’s Simon Webbe has revealed that he has turned to tai chi to calm his nerves – and reckons it may be behind his recent high scores.

The Blue singer said he used the ancient martial art for the first time before the Blackpool heat, which saw him and partner Kristina Rihanoff receive top marks from three of the four judges.

“The thing is about the live shows, it all creeps up on you as soon as you put the clothes on. Right now I feel pretty cool,” Simon said on Friday, “but I’m sure tomorrow there’ll be heart palpitations and I’ll go off into a corner to do some tai chi and calm myself down.

“I did it for the first time last week, before I did the tango, and I think I’m going to do it again. It really calmed me and put me in the zone. If it works for me a second time I’ll definitely carry on with it.”

But Simon, dancing a salsa tonight, admitted he’s not expecting to match last week’s 38/40 score at the Tower Ballroom, which saw him jointly topping the leaderboard with Pixie Lott.

“In the back of my mind the pressure is there, but there’s no way I’m going to get three 10s again. I don’t want to say I won’t, but it would be nice if I did.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1, Saturday, November 22, 7.00pm.