Strictly Come Dancing is about to hit our screens for the ninth series this weekend, and Anton Du Beke has said he had forgotten just how "terrible" the celebrity contestants were at the beginning stage.
Anton said: "Always when I do this I forget how terrible the celebrities really are because all I remember is how they finished in the series and I forget the pain at the beginning but they pick it up."
Professional dancer Anton will be partnering celebrity Nancy Dell'Olio this season.
All the professionals and their celeb partners are currently rehearsing for the opening nights on Friday and Saturday.
Nancy has admitted feeling the "pressure" ahead of the opening weekend, but Anton is appearing confident as he is planning a "big finish" to impress judges Alesha Dixon, Len Goodman, Criag Revel–Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.
He said: "It's all right, it's good, you know. I've got some choreography that I've put down and it's about two-thirds of the dance and I've got an idea for a big finish but that remains to be seen how that goes."
Anton and Nancy will be dancing for the first time on Saturday, the second night of the opening weekend.
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