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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: meet Louise Redknapp

The singer and TV star is dancing with Kevin Clifton.

Louise Redknapp
Credit: BBC

Louise Redknapp rose to fame as part of girl group Eternal in the 90s before embarking on a very successful solo career.

For her latest challenge, Louise is hitting the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom with her professional partner Kevin Clifton. Talking about her ideal dance partner she revealed:

“I’d love somebody who I can feel really comfortable with, somebody that can support me and won’t be really angry if I go wrong. I’m really hard working and I’m not a ‘let’s all mess around’ type person. I’m a mum, I’ve got my husband at home, I’ll want to go and get on with the job in hand and I’ll want to learn want I need to do and I’ll do it to the best of my ability. I also know nerves can really get the better of me and I’ll think it will be my biggest downfall. On performance night I just know my poor dancer will just have to stop me from shaking the whole way through!”

What is Louise looking forward to most about the Strictly experience?

“I think just having the opportunity to perform again. When you’ve grown up as a performer and you’ve been in the music industry and you’ve played at Wembley and you’ve done concerts everywhere, it’s all about performing. When all of the sudden that’s taken away from you there’s quite a big void of something you love to do and you don’t quite get the same buzz of performing in the lounge in front of your kids! I think just getting back out there and having the opportunity to perform to music is what I’m most looking forward to. I think a lot of people go into Strictly wanting something out of it at the end. I’m not doing it for that. I’m quite happy with my life and I don’t want to do loads more, I’m happy with my business, my kids, my everything else, so I think it’s just about having one last shot at putting on the dance shoes and a few jazz hands!”

When it comes to impressing with her dance moves, is there one judge Louise wants to get on side? “I think to impress them all is clearly the aim of the game. I really respect Darcey as a dancer. When I was younger I really loved watching her, I’ve seen her in shows and I think she’s incredible. I think to impress her on the dance front as a woman would be amazing but to impress them all would obviously be ideal!”

Watch Louise and Kevin’s first steps below:

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 returns at 9pm on Friday and 6.30pm on Saturday.

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