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Strictly Come Dancing has signed up many athletes over the years, and 2020 is no different with Nicola Adams OBE joining the series. The Olympic boxer who has two gold medals, is set to be partnered with a woman, in the first same-sex pairing of the show’s history. And it seems she has all the qualities it takes to lift the Glitterball Trophy in December.
When speaking about the upcoming challenge of learning new dance routines each week, Nicola said: “I’m hoping so I’ll have the fitness side down.
“I’m quite light on my feet – I’m used to being on my toes! And, I know, a lot of the dances you have to be on your toes.
“So I’m hoping that that gives me a little bit of a an advantage.”
Naturally, Nicola is “super competitive” and “wants to be in the final”.
“I’ll be working as hard as I can to, to make that happen,” she told Express.co.uk and other press.
“But if not, I’ll be, I’ll definitely be given 110% in everything I do so. And I don’t mind if I fall short.”
It also seems performing in front of millions of viewers every Saturday night is not a worry for the champion either.
“The performance side of things, that’s a lot easierr for me because I’m used to performing in front of big crowds of 20,000 people,” Nicola revealed.
As for what Nicola is looking for in a partner, she said: “Someone competitive who will work as hard as I will.
“[Someone who is] hopefully be around the same height as I am as well.”
Katya Jones is rumoured to be Nicola’s partner, but why does Nicola want a female?
“It means a lot to me,” she began.
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“I think it’s a brilliant step in the right direction especially on the diversity side of things.
“And women actually dance with women all the time in the professional circuit so I guess it’s just showing people that it can be done.”
Nicola has also received an “amazing reaction” since she was announced as a 2020 contestant.
“I’ve had lots of positive messages, everybody saying they can’t wait to see me, so I’m excited,” she continued.
“From the start I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me so far.
“I hope I don’t disappoint with my dance moves and I’ll be giving it 110%.”
As for Nicola’s chances of winning the series, she sits at 13/2 according to Betway.
Strictly Come Dancing 2020 starts Saturday 17 October.
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