Glam­orous Strictly stars kate sil­ver­ton, lee ryan, su­san­nah Con­stan­tine and dr ranj tell all about satur­day night’s big­gest show

With nerves ris­ing and the stakes high, what’s it re­ally like to be danc­ing in front of mil­lions on the big­gest show on Satur­day night TV? Hay­ley Minn finds out as she speaks to this year’s glam­orous Strictly Come Danc­ing stars…

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LEE RYAN, 35, lives in Lon­don. He is cur­rently sin­gle and has two chil­dren, Blue­bell and Rayn, from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships. His dance part­ner is nadiya By­chkova.

STRICTLY STRUG­GLE? be­ing tired. but on the plus side, I’ve quit drink­ing – it’s a good ex­cuse to!

and STRENGTH? I’m a pas­sion­ate per­son and I don’t do any­thing by halves, so if I’m go­ing to do some­thing, I’ll go for it. I don’t know about the steps, but I’m giv­ing it my all. any SUR­PRISES? the sched­ule. It’s in­sane. I don’t know how any­one can do an­other job at the same time. When si­mon [Webbe] did it, he was also tour­ing with blue. I loved EastEn­ders, but I’m glad I’m not do­ing it now. PRE-SHOW con­fi­dence TRICK?

I try to med­i­tate. I used to do this be­fore I’d have big scenes on

EastEn­ders just to cen­tre my­self. I get some in­cense sticks burn­ing and put peace­ful mu­sic on.

STRICTLY STYLE? I love the glitz and glam of this show.

NADIYA’S TEACH­ING STYLE?

Nadiya is amaz­ing, she’s started mak­ing me do planks, burpees and push-ups. she’s very good for me. she’s re­ally en­cour­aged me to do bet­ter and to cut down on drink­ing. The judge you’d Like a 10 from? all of them! Nights out with nadiya?

she’s a fam­ily per­son like me – she has a child, and I’ve got kids, so we can re­late to each other. a night out with Nadiya would in­volve go­ing to the theatre or a meal, some­thing very civilised. What has hap­pened to me?

EAR­LI­EST CHRIST­MAS MEM­ORY?

I re­mem­ber my mum buy­ing me my first guitar when I was about eight and then my sis­ter smashed it over my head when she was an­noyed, and it broke!

“Pre-show, I burn some in­cense and med­i­tate to cen­tre my­self”

KATE SIL­VER­TON, 48, lives in Lon­don with her hus­band mike Heron and chil­dren wil­bur and clemency. Her dance part­ner is al­jaž Ško­r­janec.

ALJAZ’S TEACH­ING STYLE? al­jaž is a com­plete dream to work with, and it’s just a lovely dy­namic of him work­ing me re­ally hard, but also hav­ing fun.

STRICTLY STRUG­GLE? the first few days were re­ally hard be­cause I think men­tally you’re hav­ing to re­mem­ber these steps, and you’re do­ing things you’re not used to do­ing and that are very un­usual for your body. and strength? al­jaž. We’ve had so much fun to­gether that I hope that shows when we’re on the dance floor to­gether. Pre-show con­fi­dence trick? al­jaž has a lit­tle say­ing – “let’s go get them!” – which we’ll say be­fore our dance.

STRICTLY STYLE? I love the cos­tumes – I’ve never worn any­thing like them in my life. they got me in a dress for the launch show that was way shorter than I an­tic­i­pated, but I was, “bring it on!”

STRICTLY SE­CRETS? I was very scared about meet­ing Craig Revel Hor­wood. but I asked if I could just go over and speak to the judges, and he said, “you! I love watch­ing you read the news,” and we had a big hug and he whis­pered in my ear, “this doesn’t mean I’ll be giv­ing you a 10 though.” He’s mega nice. wed­ding dance? Catch the Wind by Dono­van. It was a lit­tle waltz and I did have an hour of dance lessons, but I man­aged to man­gle it, as I trod on my hus­band’s toes!

BEST EVER CHRIST­MAS? the first one where I had Clemency. We’d been told we should just give up on hav­ing chil­dren, and when we got mar­ried, I was 40 – we’d de­layed it be­cause I was hav­ing IVF for years. then I fell preg­nant nat­u­rally at 41, just a few months af­ter­wards. >>

“I was very scared of meet­ing Craig – but he’s mega nice!”

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