Strictly Come Chambers!
Derbyshire actor Tom Chambers has been installed as the bookies' favourite to win this year's Strictly Come Dancing competition.
Derbyshire's Tom Chambers will be swapping the corridors of Holby City Hospital for a much grander venue when he takes part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Several bookmakers have installed the 31-year-old as an early favourite to win BBC One's ballroom dancing competiton which includes Darren Gough, Mark Ramprakash and Alesha Dixon as previous champions.
Others stars taking part in this year's competition include singers Rachel Stevens and Heather Small, actors Phil Daniels and Gillian Taylforth and supermodel Jodie Kidd.
Tom, from Parwich near Ashbourne, told BBC Radio Derby's Shane O'Connor: "I feel like my horse has just come in. All I've ever wanted to do since the age of five is to feature in a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers type film so this is a step in the right direction.
"We had a glitzy press launch and I've never seen so much press. I was seated next to Rachel Steves and of course she was like a honeypot for the bees but I did manage to nudge my way in to answer a couple of questions."
Tom's participation in the show meant changing the day of his forthcoming wedding from Saturday to Sunday and postpone the honeymoon.
He said: "My fiance Claire said there was absolutely no way we were going to move the wedding but the clincher was her grandparents Peg 'n' Den - they're massive fans of the show and we thought it was a brilliant way to earn some brownie points!"
Tom has been paired with the stunning Danish dancer Camilla Dallerup whose previous dancing partners include Gethin Jones, Roger Black and David Dickinson!
He said: "She's extremely down-to-earth and has done nothing but work her entirely life. I feel under pressure not to let her down.
"We've had a couple of days practice already and it felt a bit like joining a boot camp. She did nothing but sort me out, moving my head, moving my arms. It's about as technical as flying a plane because all you're doing is constantly checking everything - arms, legs, head - everything!"
Despite being an early favourite, Tom is still nervous about his debut on the programme and is determined to avoid an early exit.
He explained: "When I took part in the Weakest Link I was the first to be voted off so that's my biggest fear with this - I can't afford to let that happen again!
"But it should be a lot of fun and of course I'll be doing my best for Derby. It's a big opportunity to represent the city and Derby County!"
last updated: 05/11/2008 at 11:54