In an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine Rachel Stevens has confessed she is "terrified" to make her debut on Dancing on Ice. "I'm so excited - I can't wait for it all to get started," she tells the magazine.
"It's such a great team of people and I love my partner Brendyn Hatfield, so it's all super-exciting but terrifying at the same time. Totally terrifying!"
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And former S Club 7 star Rachel – who shares daughters Amelie, 11, and Minnie, seven, with husband Alex Bourne – admits her only previous experience on the rink has amounted to "wobbling around at Christmas time with the kids".
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"I've danced and performed for years but doing it on ice means starting something totally from scratch," she admits. "But I can't wait to just go for it and have fun – and I'm loving working with Brendyn. He's just adorable and such a brilliant teacher."
In the interview, Rachel addresses the criticism she has received that her experience as a popstar and previous Strictly Come Dancing contestant gives her an advantage.
Rachel is partnered with Brendyn Hatfield this year
"I am not a trained dancer, I've learned on the job. Dancing with a partner is so different to the kind of things I did when I was in a band. Of course, if you're a performer you've got that experience behind you, but I think everyone's got to just bring themselves to the show. That's what people enjoy watching – the journey."
And she also addresses the prospect of an S Club 7 reunion. "Not at the moment but I would definitely be open to it if all seven of us were taking part," she says. "We message each other every now and again. But I haven't seen them for so long!"
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Rachel also tells the magazine how she is coping with her strict rehearsal schedule while raising a family and working on her other work projects, including a fashion collaboration with a high street brand.
"I am just muddling my way through it all, dropping balls everywhere. I am stressing out, trying to get everything done, but I think that's life for everyone, isn't it right now? I don't think anyone has a nine to five job anymore. I try not to give myself such a hard time when the balls fall. It's okay – we're all human."
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