Strictly Come Dancing: Celebrity revealed as Eastenders' Nina Wadia
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Strictly Come Dancing fans will find out which professional dancer Nina Wadia has been partnered with on Saturday after signing up to the star-studded BBC show. However, speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, the former EastEnders actress admitted she “threw up” when it was announced she would be taking part in the show.
Nina’s announcement came courtesy of Christine Lampard on ITV’s Lorraine.
The actress admitted she was extremely nervous when she was told she’d be a part of Strictly 2021.
She said: “I think I threw up. I was terrified. I think the moment where it really sunk in was after the reveal on Lorraine with Christine.
“I’d finished the interview, I walked off the set and thought, ‘I’m going to be sick’ it was very real in that moment.”
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Explaining why she wanted to take part, she continued: “I want to learn how to dance really well. Genuinely, I just want to know how they do all these dances.
“How do they get everyone who you actually doesn’t know how to do it, to do it?”
Sharing why 2021 was the perfect year, Nina added: “I don’t want to be too old, I’m 52 and my joints hurt.”
The Strictly contestants will be dressed in an array of glitzy outfits as they discover who they’ll be partnered with for the series.
However, Nina revealed she isn’t looking forward to wearing the famous glamorous dresses.
She confessed: “I hate it. I’m very much a t-shirt and jeans girl. I do get dressed up for things I have to do.
“If I make TV appearances or if the character I play in something demands it.”
“But for example, when I played Zainab Masood in EastEnders, I was like, ‘Don’t worry about makeup just make Zainab as plain as possible’ because I don’t like sitting in the makeup chair for too long.
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“I don’t like people pulling on my hair and shiny things just scratch me and irritate so this is the best show for that, isn’t it?”
Opening up on her family’s reaction to the news, Nina explained her daughter was a huge Strictly fan.
“My daughter’s very happy,” she noted. “My husband put his hands in his head and went ‘Ah I’m going to have to sit through recordings’ and my son said, ‘Don’t embarrass me, mum.’”
Meanwhile, Nina’s co-star Rhys Stephenson has singled out two celebrities viewers should keep an eye on.
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Discussing his fellow contestants, he said: “They’re all really good. AJ has got something about her.”
“And I think Adam Peaty because he’s an Olympian,” Rhys continued.
“He knows what it’s like to be under high intense pressure so I feel he’s just going to be like, ‘Just another day’.
“So, those two I’m looking at but I think everyone’s got incredible potential and it’d be wise for me to keep an eye on everyone.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday.
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