Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Natalie Gumede can’t think about live shows with Artem Chigvintsev!

by Lisa McGarry

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Natalie Gumede has admitted that she’s trying to pretend she doesn’t have to dance in front of millions of people this weekend.

The Coronation Street actress joined the lineup of Strictly Come Dancing earlier this month and was paired with sizzling hunk Artem Chigvintsev for the BBC series.

The pair have been hard at work in rehearsals ever since their pairing was announced and this weekend the fruits of their labour will be on display for everyone to see as the live shows kick off on BBC One for the first time.

Speaking on Daybreak yesterday Natalie admitted that for now, she’s trying not to think about what it will be like to dance in front of the judging panel and millions of viewers at home and she laughed:

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“I haven’t even addressed it yet. I’m still in the safety of the rehearsal studio and quite happily cocooned in there.”

Natalie has caused controversy as she’s had a fair amount of dance training previously, which many fans feel puts her at an advantage when compared with her fellow contestants. However Gumede thinks her experience will have the opposite effect in the end and revealed that she’s had to go back to basics and ‘unlearn’ everything she was previously taught so she can follow Artem’s style of performing.

She said:

“This is so very different. I’ve had to unlearn everything I’ve known so far. It’s come as a shock the amount of technique I had to go through but I’m really happy to do that. That’s what I’m here for – to learn.”

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The brunette beauty added: “I just take things as they come. I think Strictly is about applying yourself and having fun whatever stage you come in the competition. The audience is key to the show and I think they respond to people who go into the rehearsal studio, do their best, and on Saturday night go out there and soak it up and enjoy it.”

Natalie sounded pretty excited about the weekend ahead when she tweeted on Tuesday:

“Two days left in the safety of our rehearsal room 😳 but can’t wait to see everyone team #scd2013 on Thurs! X”

It’s been a tough journey so far though and she added:

Find out what dance Natalie and Artem will be performing, as well as the full list of other dances and who will be dancing when this weekend, here.

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Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!