Nina Wadia set to win Strictly Come Dancing as star teases advantage?
Strictly: Nina Wadia walks away after finding out her dance
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Nina Wadia wasn’t impressed when partner Neil Jones told her they would be dancing the Samba in week one on Strictly Come Dancing. However, in an interview with Express.co.uk and other press, the EastEnders actress opened up on her previous dance experience which could prove to be invaluable in the BBC competition.
She shared: “When I was very little in India my mum sent me to Bharatanatyam classes which is an Indian classical dance form. I did that until I was about eight.
“Then we moved to Hong Kong and I did tap until I was 17.
“Then everything stopped and I decided to be an [actor]. I wanted to be a writer initially and then I started writing sketches when I was doing my A-Levels and then the acting side took off.”
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Meanwhile, Nina revealed she’d received advice from former Strictly stars Catherine Tyldesley and Sunetra Sarker.
She said: “I’ve had friends who’ve done it before and they’ve all said it is the hardest thing you’ll ever do but you will also love it.”
Discussing potential criticism from the judges, she said: “One of the bits of advice is, ‘Take it, just stand there and take it.’ As long as it’s not too rude and insulting, I’ll probably do that.
“If it’s constructive I will take it, if it’s something that’s just a bit nasty for no apparent reason I won’t take it.”
Opening up on how she feels about her first dance, the actress admitted she was nervous.
“I’ll be terrified but I’m always terrified. Anytime I go on stage or film anything I’m always slightly nauseous – that’s just me that’s my constitution,” Nina added.
“For me, it will be about remembering the choreography, I haven’t done that.”
Meanwhile, Strictly fans are convinced Nina will have a tough job on her hands with her first dance.
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During last night’s launch, Nina’s partner Neil Jones told the EastEnders star what routine they would be doing for next week’s show.
Claudia Winkleman asked: “Would you like to know your very first dance, then you can start building up your character? Are you ready?”
“Oh dear god,” Nina replied before Neil revealed: “Okay, it is the samba.”
Nina jokingly walked away before rejoining her partner but Strictly fans agreed with her initial shock at her first dance.
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Dylan tweeted: “I can’t believe Nina is doing the SAMBA week 1…. That’s just cruel #Strictly.”
Jo Davidson added: “Poor Nina getting a Samba first week! #Strictly.”
“Nina and Neil getting the Samba the dance of death on week one #Strictly,” Ryan Glendenning shared.
“If no one is getting voted out on the first live show then Nina having Samba is not too bad. #Strictly,” Emma noted.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 7pm.
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