Strictly star’s house was haunted

Davood says hor­ri­fy­ing en­counter at home forced him to change his mind about ghosts

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News - By Bill Gibb BGIBB@SUNDAYPOST.COM

Strictly star Davood Ghadami told of his real-life haunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore last night’s Hal­loween spe­cial.

And the EastEn­ders ac­tor said he used the spooky en­counter as a spur for the danc­ing ex­trav­a­ganza.

“My par­ents live in a re­ally old house which I now re­alise is haunted,” Davood, 35, told The Sun­day Post prior to tak­ing to the dance floor.

“I was stay­ing over and was left alone one night. De­spite there be­ing no one in the house with me I saw a re­flec­tion of some­one in the mir­ror.

“It made for a very in­ter­est­ing evening. From be­ing ab­so­lutely con­vinced there was no such thing as ghosts, see­ing some­thing like that re­ally made me think.

“I feel cer­tain there was some­thing else in that house with me. Our per­for­mance this week has a ghostly, spirit feel so why not use what hap­pened? It’s a sim­i­lar sort of thing.”

Davood, who plays mar­ket trader Kush in the BBC soap, was more scared about do­ing the no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult rumba along with pro part­ner Nadiya By­chkova, 28.

But he re­vealed that fel­low Al­bert Square stars who have pre­vi­ously done Strictly have been prov­ing in­valu­able as the pres­sure has been cranked up.

Jake Woods, Kel­lie Bright and Tameka Emp­son have all weighed in with their sup­port.

“Kel­lie and I have a sit­down ev­ery week,” con­fided Davood. “She’s been through it and knows the process. And hav­ing done it just last year Tameka’s even more re­cent and I speak to her most days.

“They know the dif­fi­cult times and how ev­ery Mon­day and Tues­day you’re fall­ing apart. Speak­ing to them is like ther­apy.”

Davood and Nadiya found them­selves in the dance-off a cou­ple of weeks back and Davood ad­mits that hav­ing had one of their high­est scores, it felt “un­timely”.

But it has made him work dou­bly hard and try and en­joy ev­ery week as it maybe the last.

He laughed off ex­pec­ta­tions about be­ing the show’s heart­throb and said wife Iso­bel had reg­u­larly met sexy part­ner Nadiya.

While Iso­bel has been giv­ing him to­tal sup­port he ad­mit­ted that his daugh­ters Eva and Grace, just five and two, had mixed loy­al­ties.

“They’ve turned away from their daddy and are sup­port­ing Johnny Pea­cock,” laughed Davood. “They think he’s some kind of su­per­hero and want to vote for him as much as they want to vote for me.

“And they get a bit em­bar­rassed when their daddy comes on TV and go and hide be­hind the sofa.”

Ukra­nian beauty Nadiya has pre­vi­ously posed naked for Play­boy but she says Strictly is more en­joy­able.

“I’m proud of Play­boy and I loved ev­ery pic­ture I did, but that’s in the past,” said Nadiya.

Strictly Come Danc­ing: The Re­sults BBC1 tonight 7:15pm.

Last night’s spook­tac­u­lar Strictly was a devil­ish af­fair for Mol­lie King and AJ Pritchard, above, while, be­low, Joe Mc­Fad­den and Katya Jones were caught in a web

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