Gemma Atkinson is hoping to find romance on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The 32-year-old actress is set to take part in the BBC Latin and ballroom dance competition which returns to screens on Saturday (09.09.17), and has said she isn't worried about the infamous 'Strictly' curse - which has seen a number of couples break up after appearing on the show - as she thinks finding love would be a "blessing".
She said: "I've been single for ages so there wouldn't be any curse for me. It would be a blessing."
The former 'Emmerdale' star admits it isn't all as romantic as looks on screen, and she was "mortified" when she was forced to get up close and personal with her mystery dance partner - whose identity will be revealed in the first episode - before she even got a chance to get to know him.
She said: "Being forced to be face-to-face with someone you've just met is mortifying. It sounds all lovely. But it's like doing a scene with one of your mates at 'Emmerdale'. On camera it looks good, but when you're in it and doing it, it's awkward."
Gemma also revealed she went on an intense training course to prepare her body for the skimpy dance outfits, which she says are heavier than they look.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: "They don't look it, but when you put them on they are surprisingly heavy with the sequins. It's extra weight to carry around but it's fine.
"And yeah, I'll be self-conscious about showing off my body. But we've tried two on and they're beautiful.
"I had assumed the costumes were re-used every year. However, everything is fitted and made to measure so that all of us, no matter our shape, size or height, look really good in them.
"It's just difficult going to the toilet because we're all sewn in, so we'll have to not drink as much."
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