You forget how amazing the live orchestra is, to get the opportunity to dance with that sort of sound is phenomenal.Brian Conley
Why are you taking part in Strictly this year?
I’m sure everyone says they’re a huge fan, but I am. One of the crunching points was my daughter who is 15 and she honestly said to me: "Dad if you love me, you must do Strictly." That was a big factor! I came to see and support Lesley Joseph last year and came to the Halloween show and I was blown away by the whole production, the glitz, the glamour. I just thought: "I’m not getting any younger; you’ve got to do it." So I’m delighted to be part of it.
What are you most looking forward to on Strictly?
Being taught by a professional dancer and being part of the number one show on Saturday night television. The production is second to none and getting the opportunity to hear that live band. You forget how amazing the live orchestra is, to get the opportunity to dance with that sort of sound is phenomenal. I look forward to learning something that is so outside my comfort zone and to be trained properly by a professional dancer, I think that’s a wonderful honour to be given that gift.
Have you got any previous dance experience?
I was in Me And My Girl 26 years ago where I did have to dance and it gave me confidence with everything else I’ve ever done. Otherwise I haven’t really danced in a lot of other shows; I had to move a bit but not much. The last time I danced properly was as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray where I was a 22 stone woman from Baltimore so I’m alright in a fat suit with heels. I do enjoy dancing, I love dancing with the kids, I love movement but would I call myself a dancer? No, not at all.
What will be your biggest challenge during Strictly?
My physical fitness, that’s the thing I’m worried about more than anything. I was told that it will build within three, four, five weeks but physically I am worried. I’m sure like everyone, the challenge will be taking in the dance, taking in the moves and not being worried about freezing out there which I don’t think I will, I always do something!