HELLO! Exclusive: Peter Andre reveals how he is honing dance skills for Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing star Peter Andre has exclusively told HELLO! magazine how he is honing his dance moves by watching old YouTube videos of Fred Astaire in action.

Speaking for the first time about being signed up by the hit BBC Saturday night show, he tells the magazine: "For the past ten days I've been looking at clips of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, the Nicolas Brothers and Sammy Davies Junior to see what they did to make the audience like their performance."

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He also reveals that he hopes producers will not make him dance to his hit song Mysterious Girl, telling HELLO!: "I really hope they would never play that. Although I will try to do a mysterious twirl with a mysterious girl."

Peter, 42, who is the bookies' favourite to lift the glitterball, also reveals to HELLO! he is working on an album of Sinatra covers.

He spoke as HELLO! was granted access to the first interview with all 14 celebrity contestants with Call the Midwife's Helen George telling how she has the backing of telly pal Miranda Hart revealing, "she is more excited than I am."

BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood added she is not confident of victory, saying she rates her dance ability of "zero out of ten," adding "it might even be minus one. I'm hoping I will see some improvement from nothing."

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