14 things we found out about Strictly’s hotshots

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly are returning to host the 17 th serials of Strictly

Personal managers, spray tanners and wedlock counsellors are about to get a huge spike in business as the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing begins.

And there are quite a few new faces on the see this year.

Rylan is joining It Takes Two, Motsi Mabuse is joining the judging panel, and that’s before we even get to the contestants.

We spoke to all the fames hoping to waltz their path to a win this year and learned the following things 😛 TAGEND

1. Alex Scott uncertainties she’ll remain the bookies’ favourite for long.

The former footballer currently has odds of 4/ 1 to win this series – engender her the frontrunner with bookmakers .

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alex Scott and Will Bayley

“I think I’m only the favourite because I did the Sport Relief[ Strictly special ]. And I was up against Chris Kamara, who had a bad back and couldn’t train. And David Ginola flew in on the day and Karen was trying to teach him.

“[ Whereas] I’d had a couple of days with Pasha, so I was always gonna stand out, so I think that’s the only reason why.”

2. You don’t have to address Viscountess Emma Weymouth as Viscountess Emma Weymouth.

This isn’t a Lord Sugar situation.

“I’m Emma. Just Emma, ” she clarifies, citing the the deed she inherited when she married Viscount Weymouth, Ceawlin Thynn in 2012.

“Obviously the official name is there, and maybe it will help if there’s two Emmas.[ EastEnders actress Emma Barton is also vying this year .] But I frankly don’t is common knowledge that[ Strictly] are going to call us … I simply call myself Emma.”

“Don’t fall into that! ” interjects Chris Ramsey. “I called her ‘just Emma’ the other day and my council imposition departed up! No word of a lie.”

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Chris Ramsey

3. Dev Griffin is more concerned about radio rivalry than the actual competition.

“None of these guys in the direct are my competition at the moment, ” the presenter says. “The only parties I’m rivalling against are past Radio 1 people.”

There’s a friendly antagonism at the station, given that DJs including Scott Mills, Mollie King and Melvin Odoom have also taken part in the line in the past.

He contributes broadcasting to the Radio 1 gathering – who aren’t shy about texting in if they dislike something – has helped him develop a thick skin for criticism, which will certainly help when facing the judges.

“I do radio to the UK, husband. I don’t think there’s anything the judges are going to say to me that’s worse than somebody who didn’t appreciate my link into the news! “

4. Will Bayley is glad to be finally going a proper spraying tan.

“My mum owns a beauty parlour, ” the Paralympic table tennis actor explains. “And she ever tries these fake browns on me.

“She used to do it while I was growing up, and I ever appeared rubbish, so I’m looking forward to going a proper hoax brown that looks decent! “

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saffron Barker and Mike Bushell

5. Saffron Barker is fully aware Joe Sugg specified a high bar for YouTubers.

“It’s going to be hard to follow in his steps, but hopefully for the whole YouTube community I can, ” she says. “It’s really lovely that he did so well and everybody got to see his personality shine.”

Sugg became the first YouTuber to take part last year and prepared it all the way to the final.

“This has been my dream, ” Barker continues. “I never want to stop YouTube, but I would just love to do it alongside simply being on TV. That’s been my dream, whether it be TV, theatre, merely playing in some way.”

6. Karim Zeroual’s height may be a hindrance.

“I think on the actual show, I’ll be so nervous, ” the CBBC presenter says of his Strictly debut. “At the moment, we’re doing group dance, and we’re in a bit bubble, but as soon as we scatter, that’s when I’ll be nervous.

“I just love music, I’ve done street dance, and a bit of ballet when I was younger, so that definitely facilitates. But I’m a small lad, person, so filching a girl, guiding a girl, will be hard for me.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anneka Rice and Karim Zeroual

7. Anneka Rice’s masseuse is slightly concerned for her welfare.

“About six few weeks ago, I fell in my neighbour’s garden, going down a slippery slope, ” the veteran broadcaster illustrates when talking about her recent injury.

“It was after I’d signed up, and in the midst of my fitness teach. So in the last six weeks, I’ve been really resting. I’ve had steroid insertions, and hopefully it’ll be fine. It was the definition of sod’s law!

“I’m covered in bruises. I extended for a rub and the dame disappeared, ‘are you alright? ‘ Thinking should she telephone person because I was covered in traumata, and that’s just from Anton and everyone tossing me around like a murderou cloth doll.”

8. David James is becoming a Great Showman.

It might be hard to imagine the former England goalkeeper immersing himself in some of the most flamboyant musicals around, but that’s precisely what’s been happening.

Asked how he’s preparing for the show, James says: “Every day I’ve been watching videos, it’s been going through my honcho, walking round the chamber of representatives, and when I stroll my puppies, I taken to avoid doing pirouettes, but there’s improvement.

“It’s when you’re watching a musical, The Greatest Showman for example, and you start to do the moves while you’re making a cup of coffee.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Catherine Tyldesley and James Cracknell

9. Catherine Tyldesley is delighted to have the freedom to eat what she wants.

Coronation Street’s Eva Price has received some invaluable recommendations from one previous Strictly contestant in particular.

“I spoke to Gemma Atkinson and was like ‘babes, assist me out’ and she just said ‘only thing to do is let go of your limits and enjoy it’. Everybody else who I know has done the demo has said the same thing.

“Also, she was like ‘look after your body, devour as much as you can, sleep as much as you can’. And, so far, she’s right because I can’t stop feeing! I’m burning so many calories, living my best life.”

10. Chris Ramsey is making the Strictly experience to South Shields.

The comedian is hoping to train in his home county so as not to spend too much time away from his family.

“Hopefully. Well that was one of the main things that acquired me genuinely up for doing the testify, ” he says. “I’ve got a three-and-a-half year old kid, so to get to train up there is going to be amazing. Some good dancer is going to come up to South Shields! “

But, he lends( reasonably controversially ): “I might meet them at Newcastle and travel to Newcastle. I don’t want them having to go to South Shields. There’s not much for them.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emma Barton and Dev Griffin

11. Michelle Visage comprised out for Strictly because she enjoys the UK.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race star has a good relationship with the UK – she is currently filming for the British version of Drag Race and recently starred in the West End.

And her enjoy of the Brits extends to choosing to do Exclusively over the US equivalent.

“I didn’t want to do Dancing With The Stars because I was waiting for Strictly. All I wanted to do was Exclusively, ” she says.

“I had friends on Dancing With The Stars in America, so they gave me their admonition, and I’m not going to take it because they didn’t get very far! “

12. Mike Bushell thought some of the dances were actually desserts.

“I don’t underestimate what a physical extreme play dancing is, ” says the BBC Breakfast sport presenter.

“The athleticism you need exactly to be able to do the moves, observing muscles you never knew you had, and then the mental side is like rubbing your belly while patting your thought at the same time, to music, at a really fast pace.

“And there’s the paso doble, which I genuinely did think was a pudding until we started.”

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Michelle Visage is a idol of RuPaul’s Drag Race

13. The Charleston certainly isn’t going to be Emma Barton’s favourite dance.

“I’m really excited to do anything ballroom-style, the waltzing, nonsense like that, ” the actress says. “I certainly desire all that classical trash, that’s the period I’m certainly focusing on. I’m a bit anxious of all the fast stuff.”

She recognises she may be at a slight advantage given her previous suffer in performing.

“I think it probably will, the musicality area of it, the counting,[ but] I’ve never done any of this dancing that Strictly do before, so it is going to be new, I’m more jazz-hands.”

14. James Cracknell’s co-ordination may leave a lot to be desired.

“There’s ever a couple of sportspeople on, but it’s no coincidence a rower hasn’t done Strictly before, because we’re not anointed in co-ordination, ” the double Olympic gold medallist says.

“Basically, if you’re co-ordinated, you do another play, rowing involves heart and lungs and that’s about it. I recollect the real thing is the ability to not be afraid to look stupid, that’s the thing I’ll find tricky.”

Image copyright PA Media Image caption David James with Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, who has since had to pull out of Strictly due to injury

Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing was originally due to take part in this series of Strictly but he has since had to pull out due to an injury. He still appeared in Saturday’s pre-recorded launch show.

Strictly Come Dancing is on Saturdays on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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