Former Strictly contestant Ruth Langsford shared her thoughts on this years BBC ballroom battle of the stars.
Ruth Langsford, regular on ITV’s This Morning and Loose Women.
While anchoring today’s Loose Women, Ruth spoke with panellists Stacey Solomon, Linda Robson and Jane Moore about the return of the BBC One weekend ratings smash, noting that she had felt jealous seeing it return with a new line-up of contestants.
“I’m green with envy. I literally almost couldn’t watch it.”
Having competed last year alongside professional dancer Anton Du Beke, Ruth revealed she had been in contact with his new partner Susannah Constantine to offer some handy tips on foot care.
“I’m really jealous but I did speak to Susannah last night. Gave her lots of tips and things she wanted to know. It’s all practical stuff, like she said, ‘What about blisters?’ I never got a single blister because I put blister plasters on before I started my first rehearsal because I thought ‘once you get a blister you can’t get rid of it can you?’
“Those strappy Latin shoes are really strappy, so my feet looked awful. In training, I used to have those big blister plasters and a little foot sock.”
2017: Ruth (centre) with Anton (right) and host Tess Daly (left) on SCD.
Discussing how the pros are paired with the celebrities, Ruth confessed she secretly plotted to be partnered with Anton:
“You meet them all before. It’s like speed dating but it’s dancing. All the female celebrities are in a circle and they put all the male pro dancers around the outside. Start some music and then you dance with each one of them, and then they move around. The producers and Tess and Claudia are there. So I think they’re always looking. Obviously height comes into it. But I have to be honest, I really wanted Anton, so I was doing half-hearted dancing with everyone else!”
The Strictly Come Dancing launch show on Saturday night was the most watched programme across the weekend in the UK. A peak audience of 8.5 million viewers watched as the celebrities were paired up with the professional dancers.
Of the celebs taking part in the ballroom battle Vick Hope has come out as the favourite with the bookies, with her odds cut from 5/1 into 11/4. The rest of the line up sees 3/1 Ashley Roberts, 7/1 Danny John-Jules, 7/1 Stacey Dooley, 12/1 Faye Tozer, 14/1 Charles Venn, 14/1 Joe Sugg, 16/1 Katie Piper, 16/1 Lauren Steadman, 16/1 Graeme Swann, 25/1 Kate Silverton, 25/1 Ranj Singh, 33/1 Lee Ryan, 66/1 Seann Walsh, 66/1 Susannah Constantine
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV, STV and UTV.