Strictly Come Danc­ing

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Q AWhy did you de­cide to do Strictly Come Danc­ing? It’s a great op­por­tu­nity and I re­ally wanted to learn some­thing new. I’m not a nat­u­ral dancer; I’m a blank can­vas that’s rar­ing to go! It’s about the whole process of be­ing part of the show and work­ing with my pro­fes­sional dance part­ner, Nadiya By­chkova. Q Bon­nie Lang­ford, who plays your mum, Carmel, in EastEn­ders, has been danc­ing on stage since she was a child. Has she given you any tips?

A Oh, Bon­nie’s so ex­cited for me. When she found out I was do­ing Strictly, she climbed on me, sat on my shoul­der and said: ‘That’s good, but we need to work on it’. So I know she’ll help.

I’ll be do­ing EastEn­ders at the same time, so if we get time be­tween film­ing, she can teach me a few moves. Q Your EastEn­ders co-stars, in­clud­ing Kel­lie Bright, Tameka Emp­son and Jake Wood, have done Strictly.

What ad­vice did they give you? A They’ve all been on the Strictly Come Danc­ing jour­ney and their faces light up when­ever we’ve talked about it, so I re­ally want to soak up and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence in the same way they have. Tameka [Kim Fox], whose part­ner was Gorka, said to me: ‘You’ve got to go out there and own that Strictly dance­floor, that dance­floor is yours’. I thought that was great ad­vice. Q As Kush, we’ve of­ten seen you with­out your shirt on around Al­bert Square.

Can we ex­pect that on Strictly? A It seems like ev­ery­body wants to see Kush take his top off! I might save that un­til a bit later in the com­pe­ti­tion… Q How far do you hope to go in the com­pe­ti­tion? A We’re a close bunch, so the thought of any one of us go­ing is hor­ri­ble. I’d like to make it to Hal­loween week, so I can get re­ally

dressed up!

EastEn­ders star Davood Ghadami hopes for tips from his Wal­ford mum on Strictly...

Guid­ing hand… Davood has Bon­nie

(in­set) to help him Own the floor… Tameka with Gorka Mar­quez

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