Stunning Strictly Come Dancing star Sarah Manners is begging Mirror readers to save her from the chop tonight.In the first five weeks of competition, viewers have seen the 29-year-old Casualty favourite endure a massive falling out with her demanding dance partner Brendan Cole. The rows left her in tears.
And away from the dance floor Sarah's life has been equally tough as she films her biggest-ever scenes in the hospital drama while suffering a real-life cancer scare of her own.
STUNNER: Sarah has worked hard for a win
But now the dance partners have kissed and made up, and she's desperate to waltz her way to the final of the hit BBC1 show.
"I really hope people don't stop voting for us because they think we're not getting on and that I don't want to dance with him any more," she says.
"I do! I really want to continue because I'm enjoying it so much. We're having a fab time again.
"We almost went out of the show last week. It was horrible. When it came to the moment of truth I could feel Brendan's heart going 20 to the dozen and my own pounding like nobody's business.
"I'm absolutely loving it and I will be mortified when it's over."
Sarah says she really needs to stay in tonight because she has all of next week free to practice.
"But if we get kicked out this weekend I will be in bits," she says. "So Daily Mirror readers, please save me."
Brendan and Sarah found themselves in the spotlight from the beginning. The strapping Kiwi dancer had won the first series with BBC Breakfast presenter Natasha Kaplinsky.
Not only that but also Brendan and Natasha's on-screen chemistry developed into a full-blown affair away from the dance floor.
This time round romance is most certainly NOT in the air. Not only is Sarah happily married, but after a poor performance of the rumba in week two, Brendan stormed off set, refusing to talk to Sarah.
Then the partnership reached breaking point when dance star put one of his fast-moving feet firmly in his mouth.
A red-faced Sarah says: "I saw him on the BBC2 show saying I was like 'dancing with a brick wall' and I just burst into tears.
"I called him and told him I'd seen him slagging me off - and burst into tears again. I felt I'd let him down but I'm doing more than my best.
"Afterwards he felt terrible and was very, very apologetic. He really wishes he hadn't said it. Actually that is quite sad because he is fantastic. We have the best laugh.
"Dancers are very, very passionate and love what they do - and emotions are very high. When things are good they are very good and when they are not, that's heightened as well."
The TV cameras caught Sarah while she was still in an emotional state - but that's not how she wants to be remembered for her time on the show.
Hence her determination to put in a great performance when the pair dance a sultry samba to Holly Valance's hit Kiss Kiss tonight.
And she was able to put the tiff behind her after gaining sweet revenge on Brendan. Giggling, Sarah says: "Accidentally-on-purpose I almost broke his nose. I got him in the face with my elbow a few times.
"Afterwards I thought 'Poor bloke,' I felt so bad. He took it so well. I was cracking him on the nose and he just said, 'It's OK.' But it's a tough sport. Last year Natasha lost her toenails and they still haven't grown back. Poor girl.
"If I lose mine, it will be my own fault because I keep treading on my own feet." Much has been made of the battle of the blonde and the brunette with Sarah coming between Natasha and Brendan.
But when the bust-up came, Natasha was one of the first on the phone to her successor.
"She's such a lovely lady," says Sarah.
"She said Brendan's just a passionate man and I shouldn't take it personally. He's just a fiery guy."
The person most relieved to hear the partnership is pure professionalism is Sarah's husband, Ben.
While she films Casualty - in which she plays mouthy receptionist Bex Reynolds - and trains for the dancing down in Bristol, he stays at home in North London.
Sarah says: "We've been together six years and it's always been like this. Within three days of our first meeting I went off to Spain to shoot an advert.
"Ben never puts demands on me. If it was the other way round I couldn't handle watching him kiss other people and him being away all the time - so he's obviously a better person than me. He loves Strictly Come Dancing and is so excited about the whole thing.
"He comes along every week, sitting in the front row. He's more tense about it than me."
He may be one of the world's most understanding husbands, but Sarah is calling it a day on Casualty, and leaving next April so she can spend more time with Ben.
She says: "I've come to the end of my contract and don't want to do any more. I miss my husband and want to play a new character.
"I'm an actress and part of what I love is playing different characters. What I really want to do is one-off and two-part dramas and I'd desperately love to do a period drama.
"I've been shooting my biggest storyline since I started in Casualty. It's very emotional, very draining and really quite horrible but fantastic for me.
"I've had that and been trying to fit in the dancing as well, so I've had the hardest schedule out of everybody. Some couples have a whole week of practice. It's not unfair, but it is unfortunate."
Just before she started working on the celebrity dance show, Sarah had a mole removed from her arm as a precautionary measure.
"But test results showed yet more flesh needed to be cut out, giving her a real scare.
"I was very worried for a while, but they said it wasn't cancer. But it's better out than in, so check your moles, people!"
After all the highs and lows of the last few weeks, just how far can new best friends Sarah and Brendan go on the show?
Could Brendan even be a two-time winner?
"He said we can win, but I'm not looking at that," says Sarah. "I want to go as far as I can. I would love to get to the final, but I certainly want to get through next week.
"So give me a chance and please keep me in another couple of weeks at least."