Strictly Come Dancing stars Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone joined ITV Tyne Tees and Border presenters to discuss their theatre show, Midnight Tango.
The pair are currently performing at Newcastle's Theatre Royal as part of their third and final tour.
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