Strictly Come Dancing
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
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