Following her amazing stint in the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, Emma Barton is now preparing for the hugely popular nationwide live tour. The EastEnders star, who will be dancing with professional Graziano Di Prima rather than Anton du Beke, appeared on Loose Women to reveal she will be doing something very special for the audience – she and Graziano are set to perform a "relaxed" routine for autistic viewers. "We are doing a relaxed performance, which is something quite close to my heart and Craig Revel Horwood's," she said.
WATCH: Emma Barton talks about Strictly live tour on Loose Women
"We worked closely with the National Autistic Society - so a relaxed performance means people can actually [enjoy]… it's the first the Strictly tour have ever done it," the star continued. "So people can go up and down, make some noise in the auditorium. We dim the lights to the lights aren't so bright, the pyrotechnics don't go off. It's a great thing to do, it's really important."
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Earlier this week, Emma shared the first picture of her posing with Graziano. Sharing her excitement, the actress said on Instagram: "Sneaky pic of Day 1 @strictlycomedancinglive promo photo... with my new dance partner who is a totally gorgeous human being!!!! The talented Italian @grazianodiprima. So excited to be putting my dancing shoes back on... #strictly."
In December, Emma was one of the three couples to reach the final which saw Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse get crowned the winners. "Thank you @bbcstrictly for giving me this incredible experience… one I shall never forget," she told her followers. "Thank you all for voting & supporting mine & @mrantondubeke journey. I can't tell you how much joy you have given me. The love has been mind blowing."
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She added: "My beautiful parents… family & friends. I couldn't have done this without you… To my fellow cast & pros of Class 19… I LOVE YOU ALL DEARLY! The whole ream Wardrobe, Hair, Make up, Band, Singers, Crew, Runners, Producers, @tessdaly &@claudiawinkleman & all the judges! I'm in love with you all. Finally congratulations to the amazing @otimabuse & @kelvinfletcher for the much deserved win… Our champions. Now to rest those trotters for a bit…"
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