“You never saw the Pussycat Dolls do a Viennese Waltz”.

Ahead of this weekend’s semi-final, Tess Daly joined Lorraine Kelly on her ITV daytime series today to talk about Strictly Come Dancing.

“What a series! It is so much fun, I can’t tell you. I’m loving it.” – she noted of the current 16th series

After praising the progress of dance novices Stacey Dooley and Joe Sugg, Tess defended the inclusion of ‘ringer’ Ashley Roberts, arguing that ballroom dancing is a ‘very different discipline’ to the type of dances that Ashley would have been used to as a member of girl band The Pussycat Dolls.

“You never saw the Pussycat Dolls do a Viennese Waltz. It demands a different set of skills. She trains as hard, if not harder, than anyone else. She’s in the studio 12 hours a day, they all are.”

On her hosting partnership with “Claud” aka Claudia Winkleman, Tess said:

“We get on so well, she’s just so much fun. It’s not like work when you’re working with a friend, really. You don’t have to fake any chemistry, it just is great to be standing by her side. We just have a giggle.”

And of her former co-host on the beeb series, legendary entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth, who passed away in August 2017, Tess said:

“I miss him so much. I was with Bruce for 10 years. Coming here today brought back so many memories as we used to film Strictly here [TV Centre]. I walked past his dressing room, I felt a little bit tearful. Bruce was a very special part of my life and an incredible person, so generous.”

Lorraine airs weekdays from 8.30am on ITV/STV/UTV, while Strictly Come Dancing airs its semi-final on Saturday 8th December at 6.50pm on BBC One.

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