Redbridge’s Strictly Come Dancing contestant hopes to take the glitter ball trophy home

PUBLISHED: 17:53 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:43 13 September 2017

Chizzy Akudolu. Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston

Chizzy Akudolu. Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston

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Redbridge Strictly Come Dancing contestant Chizzy Akudolu was paired up with her professional dance partner at the weekend.

The former Holby City star will be cutting shapes on the BBC dance floor with series 12 winner Pasha Kovalev.

The actress said she has no previous dancing experience bar winning a disco dancing competition when she was 13 but hopes to make it to the final.

“I can dance, I’ve got rhythm and I think I can take choreography quite well,” she said.

“But I think it’s just going to be the memory – putting your head this way and doing that step. It’s going to be tricky.”

Chizzy said that the biggest challenge in the competition is the fitness needed for the routines .

“When I used to do karate, I was mega fit but I just got lazy,” she added.

“Once I get my fitness back I’m not going to lose it, this is going to totally change my life physically.”

Now that the celebrities have been paired up with their professional dancer they will have two weeks to rehearse before returning to the ballroom to perform live to the nation every Saturday night.

There will be no public vote in the first episode.

From the second week the two couples with the lowest combined scores from the judges and public vote will face each other in the dance-off, with one couple leaving the competition for good.

“Strictly is just one of the most beautiful shows, there is nothing like it on British TV,” Chizzy said.

“It’s fun, it’s a lot of hard work but it’s beautiful, it’s glitzy, it’s glamour, it’s just so sexy and it’s just gorgeous. I’m looking forward to learning the dances but really I’d love to get fit and I’d love to lose loads of weight.

“I would obviously like to win but failing that I would love to make the final

“I’m more competing with the person I was last year rather than anybody else because you don’t know what the public are voting for and there’s no formula to winning- I just want to enjoy each week as it comes and just be better than the week before. It’s really exciting.”

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