As one quarter of pop sensations Blue, Simon Webbe is used to adoring crowds and a few choreographed dance moves as part of the band’s live performances. Is he really a good enough mover to impress on Strictly Come Dancing?
‘Well, I’m a pretty good mover but the Strictly professional dancers are in a league of their own! In the past I have had to learn routines for my work with Blue but it takes me some time before I pick it up. That said, once I’ve got it, I’ve got it – unless my mind goes blank with nerves, of course, which is a possibility on Strictly!’
Talking about what he’s looking for in a dance partner Simon says, ‘I want someone I can connect with, really. They’re all fantastic and they all bring something different but I hope whoever it is will be able to whip me into shape…quickly.’
Simon credits his daughter with the reason he signed up to the new series of Strictly. ‘Well, Strictly is THE show to watch so I’m so happy to be a part of it. My daughter is a dancer and I really want to make her proud. I’m sure she’ll have a few tips to offer me! I’m also really looking forward to the challenge and I think the whole experience will really push me out of my comfort zone.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns at 8pm Sunday on BBC One. Watch Simon’s launch interview below: