The Version Interview... Gemma Atkinson on Strictly Come Dancing!

Gemma Atkinson is swapping the airwaves for the dancefloor to compete in this year's Strictly.

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Why are you taking part in Strictly this year?

I’m taking part because I want to challenge myself in any way possible really. To be in a sparkly frock with heels on, learning to dance live on a dance floor is way out of my comfort zone. Anything to do with the gym I’m comfortable with but anything to do with girly stuff, I’m not. Strictly is the show that everyone wants to watch, you can watch it with your niece and nephew or your nanna and grandad. It’s a show that everyone across the country gets behind so I think for me not to do it when it’s offered would be silly. I want to really make the most of the opportunity!

How would you rate your dancing?

I’d say my dancing is maybe 4/10 or when I have a drink in me, 6/10. I did disco dancing when I was about 9 or 10 years old but as far as ballroom and Latin training goes, I couldn’t even say what dance is what.

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What are you looking for in a dance partner?

I’d like somebody that is tall and strong, I’m 5’9, and 11 stone. I’m heavy, that’s a lot to throw around and lift up. Someone who’s strict when they need to be but also can have a laugh. I don’t like doing things that I don’t enjoy so there has to be an element of fun with it.

Have you been given any advice by anyone?

Yes, I’ve been told to just embrace it for what it is. Don’t look at the next week; don’t look at what’s coming, just focus on it week by week. That’s apparently the best thing to do.