Faye Tozer reveals the surprising secret to her Strictly success

Could this help Faye win the glitterball?

Faye Tozer has revealed the one thing she thinks will help her chances of success in Strictly Come Dancing - and it's not what you might expect! The Steps singer, who was joint top of the leader board in the first week, said pole dancing has become a key part of her fitness routine after she first learned the skill for a role in a play in 2006.

According to The Mirror, Faye said: "I learned to pole dance for the play Saucy Jack And The Space Vixens in 2006 and I loved it." The 42-year-old used her skills again in the play The Naked Truth in 2016, which is set in a village hall pole dancing class, and it has helped her to get stronger and stay in shape.

Faye Tozer has impressive pole dancing skills

After one challenging training session, Faye revealed: "I've had a training session today and I'm red raw all the way across my inner thighs, and I can see bruising coming up already. I’ve been doing a Downward Crucifix and Martini Glass pose. All good fun, but really hard work and it's painful."

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Faye's training appears to have paid off; she scored an impressive 29 out of 40 for her first performance with Giovanni Pernice on Saturday, positioning her at the top of the leader board alongside Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts.

Faye is competing alongside Giovanni Pernice

The singer has since revealed that she will dance a Viennese Waltz to It's a Man's Man's World by Seal for the second live show, but it appears she may have sustained some injuries along the way. Sharing a photo of an array of medical supplies including Tiger Balm and Deep Heat on Instagram, Faye told fans: "Today's rehearsal after care... #viennesewaltz #whiplash #bruises." The mum-of-one also shared a photo of herself holding a massage ball, writing: "Meet 'Spike'! My new best friend and travel companion! @bbcstrictly #nopainnogain."

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