‘It feels like I’ve known Nadiya for a long time!’
Strictly’s Davood Ghadami chats about his closeness with dance partner Nadiya Bychkova and reveals his No.1 fans are his wife and kids…
Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova’s chemistry has been evident on the dance floor from day one.
Last month, judge Bruno Tonioli commented that the pair’s samba was like a ‘race to the bedroom’, despite them both being loved-up outside of the show – Davood with his wife of seven years, Isobel, mum to their girls Eva, five, and Grace, two, and Nadiya to her boyfriend, Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot, with whom she has a oneyear-old daughter.
Last week at the Inside
Soap Awards, EastEnders star Davood told us, ‘It feels like I’ve known Nadiya for a long time!’
Nadiya, 28, was by Davood’s side and added, ‘It’s so intense, and we’re together for many hours. We’ve got to know each other well.’
Could their close relationship take them to the Strictly final? Here, Davood, 35, fills us in…
HI, DAVOOD! HOW ARE REHEARSALS GOING?
Really well. I have to listen to what Nadiya says, and if she sees improvement, I’m happy. The judges’ scores aren’t always a good signifier.
IS NADIYA STRICT?
Nadiya has surprised me. I thought she’d be hard, like a task mistress – which she is – but I tend to have a go at myself when it’s not working, so she doesn’t need to. It’s almost like I can hear her voice. It’s only been a couple of months, but it already feels like I’ve known Nadiya for a very long time. We spend a lot of time together.
IS IT HARD TO SWITCH OFF FROM STRICTLY WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME?
It’s really hard. My wife has caught me in the kitchen doing some very weird steps!
WHAT DOES ISOBEL THINK ABOUT YOU BEING ON THE SHOW?
She loves it. My family are big
Strictly fans. Eva and Grace have even had ‘Team Daddy’ T-shirts printed. Eva pretends to be Craig [Revel Horwood] and says ‘darling’ like he does.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE TENSION BETWEEN ALEXANDRA BURKE AND PARTNER GORKA MARQUEZ OVER HIS ROMANCE WITH GEMMA ATKINSON?
I don’t know about it. We’re intensely in our own rehearsal space, as I’m sure they are, but everyone gets on really well.
HOW WAS MOLLIE KING AFTER THE DANCE-OFF LAST WEEK?
Poor Mollie! I’ve been in the dance-off before, so I know what it’s like, but for her to go through that twice must have been really difficult. She’ll come back stronger, though.
HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO ASTON MERRYGOLD SINCE HE LEFT?
Yeah. We all spend time together after the show and message in the group chat. He’s such a professional, talented, humble guy. Unfortunately, someone has to leave every week, and it’s not always as clear-cut as people would like.
We spoke to Davood and Nadiya at the 2017 Inside Soap Awards, sponsored by Simply Be
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