Strictly Come Dancing kicked off last weekend with the launch show and BBC One viewers tuned in to see the celebrity contestants partnered up with a professional dancer.
In just under two weeks' time, the famous faces will take to the dance floor and perform their debut routine on prime time Saturday night television to millions of people across the nation.
Since leaving Coronation Street, where she played Eva Price for the seven years, actress Catherine Tyldelsley has been bookmakers favourite to appear on the dancing competition and this year, her signing was announced.
The northerner appeared on ITV’s daytime show Lorraine earlier today and spoke to the host about her being partnered with Johannes Radebe, how training is going, as well as letting slip a backstage secret.
“It’s joyous, that’s the word that I keep using,” Catherine explained. “But it’s so much harder than I thought!
“Because I’m a huge fan of the show, so I’ve often watched it and thought ‘oh, I can do that’.
“Oh my word, it’s so much harder but I’m having the best time,” she added.
Lorraine then commented on Johannes and said: “You’ve got a great partner!”
“Ah Johannes is amazing! He’s hilarious and he’s the most beautiful dancer and he’s really patient which is what matters to me,” the guest explained.
“Are you one of these people who doesn’t respond to someone being horrible and shouting at you? You need to be encouraged?” The host probed.
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“Oh no, he’s still disciplined. We’re already getting into trouble for laughing too much!” Catherine replied.
Catherine is Johannes' first celebrity contestant after he joined the show last year but only took part in the chorus.
As for whether or not they have what it takes to win the show and lift the Glitterball Trophy into the air in December, Catherine is currently bottom of the leaderboard for social media popularity.
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