Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Bruno Tonioli offers his advice to the celebrities telling them to ‘pace it out’

by Nick Barnes

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has told this year’s crop of Celebrities to pace themselves as the show is a long process and the competition will end up getting the better of them.

The hit BBC One show is set to kick off next weekend with its first live show of the series. So far, we have seen the launch show in which fifteen stars including Abbey Clancy, Vanessa Feltz, Tony Jacklin, Ben Cohen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Susanna Reid and Deobrah Meaden will take part.

However, speaking to the Press Association, Bruno has said that the celebs should pace themselves and think about the competition “like a long distance runner”.

“Strictly is a long run. Because it’s such a long run, you really have to pace yourself. It’s all to do about improving and getting better – and beating the competition.

“You have to think like a long distance runner, and you have to make sure that the last few weeks is where you put that final stretch and push to beat the competition”.

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I don’t think the likes of Tony Jacklin and Hairy Biker Dave Myers will be making it to the final, so I say… go all out!

Meanwhile, whilst giving advice of pacing it out, he also needs to make sure he thinks about things as a long distance runner as September to December are very busy for Bruno. He not only appears as a judge on Strictly, but he also appears on the American version – Dancing with the Stars.

“I do Dancing with the Stars on Monday, and then I have Strictly on Saturday. It is pretty hectic, but I’m blessed to be working so I have to get on with it and take a deep breath.

“From September to December, it’s like an Olympic event”.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Friday, September 27 on BBC One.


Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes