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Over the years, Strictly Come Dancing has signed up several Good Morning Britain presenters; from Susanna Reid, Kate Garraway, Charlotte Hawkins and Richard Arnold. This year, it is the turn of Ranvir Singh and she has spoken to Express.co.uk and other press about the advice her co-stars have given her before she steps onto the dance floor. But it seems, Susanna gave her a stark warning about how serious she should be taking the competition if she wants to be a success.
Looking back at how well the other GMB stars did, Ranvir said: “There’s loads of people from Good morning Britain who have done it!
“Susanna, there’s Richard Arnold, and Charlotte Hawkins did it, and then Kate Garraway as well. I’m not missing anybody out?
“Everything Susanna keeps saying to me is ‘Ranvir you have no idea what is about to happen’.
“It’s just a whirlwind [so far],” the political editor added.
Others said: “’It’ll be like nothing else you’ve ever done, you know, just the sort of the all consuming nature of of it.’
“But everybody has loved it. Everybody says ‘this is going to be the best thing you’ve ever done in your life. So just enjoy every second.’”
Apparently, Susanna also told Ranvir to “try and avoid the Cha Cha and the Samba at all costs”.
“But I don’t know if I can avoid them!” The presenter remarked.
And Kate told her: “‘You realise a few weeks in how serious the training is, so don’t miss the opportunity to really hit the ground running and take it seriously right at the beginning.’”
As for why Ranvir said ‘yes’ to the opportunity when the BBC approached: “I think the reason is that it’s the most joyous programme and you know that it’s a real privilege to be asked to be on it.
“It’s a real milestone, it’s a career high – it’s everything isn’t it?
“Strictly is about actually learning a skill. I haven’t learned anything from scratch for years.
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“I just have my head down and worked really hard and now all of a sudden, there’s this beautiful chance to learn something completely different from scratch.
“I hope my brain works, my body works and I’m up for a challenge!” She laughed off.
But it seems Ranvir’s family and friends are confident in her ability.
“I think my family who have seen me do Bhangra are quite confident that I might have a sense of rhythm which is hopefully a good thing,” the presenter explained.
“But the whole Ballroom thing is such a different language and a far cry from bopping around a wedding.”
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All change on Wednesdays for me – I’ll be in the @gmb studio from 6am ! Warm coffee, no coat or gloves needed! I’m being spoilt !
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While Ranvir may have natural rhythm, could Strictly bring out her competitive side?
“No, I’m literally the least competitive person you’ve ever met, it’s embarrassing!” Ranvir admitted.
“If I play Scrabble I’m like, ‘Show me your letter and I’ll help you get a really good word.’
“I literally want everyone to do really well for themselves.
“I think I’m starting to realise that I may not be the perfect candidate for Strictly!” She added.
As for her chances of winning the show, support for her fellow contestant Maisie Smith is not slowing down.
She is the current frontrunner, with her odds of lifting the Glitterball Trophy at 2/1 according to Ladbrokes.
Ranvir is sitting at 25/1.
Strictly Come Dancing 2020 starts Saturday 17 October.
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