STRICTLY’S Catherine Tyldesley has admitted it was “a shock” at how physically close she had to get to pro partner Johannes Radebe during their routine.
The actress, 36, is getting ready to show off her fancy footwork on the dancerfloor for the first live show of this year’s series.
The pair have been rehearsing together for the last few month, and today Catherine has revealed just how intimate the routines can be.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Weekend magazine she said: “As an actor I’m used to doing intimate scenes, and being in someone else’s space, but even I was a bit, “Woooahhh!
“It’s quite a shock. With my very first dance – the group dance before we’d even been matched with our professional partners – I was thinking, ‘Wow! This is close!’ And it was a waltz! For those who aren’t actors, it must be really hard.”
She went on: “It’s designed like that. When Johannes tilts his body in a certain way, I have to go with it. It’s like muscle memory.
“You have no option. And right from the off he’s telling me, “Look, your hand is here,”‘ she says, gesturing to his imaginary torso. ‘”This is how we communicate. All the communication is physical.”
“It’s 50 per cent terror, 50 per cent excitement,’ says Catherine. ‘My biggest worry is forgetting the steps. I have no problem remembering pages of scripts, but my brain goes to jelly when it comes to dance steps.
“Although I’ve already discovered the secret as to why more contestants don’t muck up. The pros are brilliant at hissing, ‘Jump, turn, smile…’ when you’re in the routine. The group dance was hilarious. That was all you could hear.”
The show is famous for it’s ‘Strictly Curse‘ – with the intimate dancing blamed for the break up of several relationships.
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Last year saw two couples fall victim.
Katya Jones was famously caught kissing her celeb dance partner Seann Walsh – she has since split from her husband Neil Jones.
Also last year’s winners Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton are now a couple – at the time of the competition she was in a relationship with someone else.
- Strictly kicks off tonight at 7pm on BBC One
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