VISCOUNTESS Emma Weymouth has posed outside historic Longleat House and opened up about the “mad, surreal” Strictly Come Dancing experience.
The 33-year-old socialite and chef was paired with professional Aljaz Skorjanec during Saturday’s launch show.
She told Hello! magazine: “I’m excited about everything. I’m so grateful to be taking part that I’ve honestly said ‘thank you’ a billion times. My face hurts from smiling so much.”
On the rest of the contestants, which includes Olympian rower James Cracknell, YouTuber Saffron Barker and veteran broadcaster Anneka Rice, she added: “We’re all getting on really well.
“We’re having a nice time, as a group, and all having a laugh, living this mad, surreal experience together.
“I keep saying to people who work on the show, ‘This is the dream – all of you have the best job ever!’”
Emma, who lives in the impressive Longleat House within Longleat Safari Park with her husband Ceawlin Thynn, has also pledged to work as hard as she can to make herself the best dancer possible, saying: “Just get on with it. That’s a life motto. But I’m still going to be nervous.
“I’m just going to train as much as I can and work really hard. I don’t want to let anyone down, either my partner or myself.
“It’s terrifying to dance on a professional dance floor in front of those judges and a live audience and the rest of the world. I wish I knew what to expect.
“I really don’t know what to expect. I just feel lucky to be doing it all.”
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Meanwhile, Strictly viewers were left shocked on Saturday after reigning champ Kevin Clifton was paired with Anneka Rice, 60.
As they hugged, viewers immediately noticed the height difference between the pair, with Anneka taller than her pro partner.
Many thought this, coupled with Anneka revealing dancing makes her feel “humiliated and awkward, would go against the pair.
The full interview is in Hello, out now.
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