Strictly Come Dancing 2011: Holly Valance "refuses to take the coach to final"


Prefer to travel in style Holly Valance “refuses to take the coach to Strictly Come Dancing final… flying in by private jet instead”

She”s been in the spotlight since the tender age of 16, and is dating billionaire Nick Candy, so Holly Valance has most probably become accustomed to a certain way of living.

But reports have today emerged that the 28-year-old actress refused to get on a coach to travel to the final of Strictly Come Dancing in Liverpool, instead opting to fly in by private jet.

A source told The Sun: “The kind of circles Holly moves in, you don’t really get the coach.

Travelling in style: Holly Valance, seen here at a party last night alongside dancer partner Artem Chigvintsev and his girlfriend Kara Tointon, apparently refused to travel to the Strictly Come Dancing final by coach Travelling in style: Holly Valance, seen here at a party last night alongside dancer partner Artem Chigvintsev and his girlfriend Kara Tointon, apparently refused to travel to the Strictly Come Dancing final by coach

Travelling in style: Holly Valance, seen here at a party last night alongside dancer partner Artem Chigvintsev and his girlfriend Kara Tointon, apparently refused to travel to the Strictly Come Dancing final by coach

“They’re seen as the kind of vehicles you use to ferry catering staff to your summer croquet party.”

However,Holly was not the only star of the BBC show to turn her nose up at the transport arrangements, as Nancy Dell’Olio travelled with the former Neighbours star.

The source added: “Nancy wouldn’t be seen dead on a coach so was in the process of hiring a chopper to get her up there.

Famous friends: Kara with former Strictly stars Nancy Dell

Famous friends: Kara with former Strictly stars Nancy Dell”Olio, Lulu and Robbie Savage at the launch of Bucca di Beppo in Blackpool

Raising a glass: The Strictly clan appeared to be enjoying themselves hugely as they giggled around the table

Raising a glass: The Strictly clan appeared to be enjoying themselves hugely as they giggled around the table

“But when she realised how much that was going to cost, she panicked. Fortunately she heard about Holly’s plan and she was kind enough to offer her a seat.”

Holly and Nancy were both seen enjoying a night out at the launch of Buca di Beppo, the UK”s new Italian restaurant chain, in Blackpool last night, where they were joined by fellow former Strictly stars including Lulu, Robbie Savage and Alex Jones.

The group were also joined by former Strictly winner Kara Tointon, who attended with boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev – who partnered Holly on the show.

Starry eyed: Alex Jones, who was voted off along with Holly last week, looked stunning in her pretty Topshop jumper

Starry eyed: Alex Jones, who was voted off along with Holly last week, looked stunning in her pretty Topshop jumper

Holly was voted off Strictly Come Dancing along with Alex Jones last week and the final tonight comes down to McFly drummer Harry Judd, Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healy and former pop star Jason Donovan.

Meanwhile, the live final tonight wasyesterday called into doubt when the winter weather hit Britain yesterday, with fears the snow blizzards could interfere with the satellite equipment used to broadcast the programme.

Gearing up: Chelsee Healey, Harry Judd and Jason Donovan were also seen arriving at rehearsals today for tonight Gearing up: Chelsee Healey, Harry Judd and Jason Donovan were also seen arriving at rehearsals today for tonight Gearing up: Chelsee Healey, Harry Judd and Jason Donovan were also seen arriving at rehearsals today for tonight

Gearing up: Chelsee Healey, Harry Judd and Jason Donovan were also seen arriving at rehearsals today for tonight”s final

Who will be champion The trio will fight tooth and nail to take home the glitterball trophy

Who will be champion The trio will fight tooth and nail to take home the glitterball trophy

An insider told the Daily Mirror: “Snowstorms and wind can cause no end of problems when you”re broadcasting live on location. The show runs to an incredibly tight schedule and we really can”t afford for the signal to drop out midway.

“Technicians are working around the clock to keep the show on track, but it will be a case of fingers crossed. The satellite trucks outside are being absolutely hammered by the weather. It”s a nightmare.”

Today, Harry, Chelsee and Jason were spotted arriving at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom in their rehearsal gear ahead of tonight”s final.

Dancing queen: Holly on Strictly Come Dancing with partner Artem Chigvintsev

Dancing queen: Holly on Strictly Come Dancing with partner Artem Chigvintsev