Strictly Come Dancing releases trailer for new series
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Strictly Come Dancing contestant and former Coronation Street star Will Mellor has wowed the judges since he stepped foot onto the dancefloor in both weeks one and two. During week one he impressed with his Jive to Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca and week two saw him perform the Salsa to Luther Vandross’ Never Too Much. Will has since opened up about the “wobbles” he and some of the other contestants have faced and how they communicate through a WhatsApp group chat.
There is no doubt that each of the 15 contestants felt the pressure when they first stepped out onto the dancefloor.
Each of them are dying to impress judges Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas, in a bid to be crowned Strictly champion 2022.
However, the bookmakers’ favourite, Will Mellor, has since opened up about the vulnerability each of them feels, revealing conversations that go on in their WhatsApp chat.
“We have a WhatsApp group we started before we even started just to sort of gel together a little bit; the production said it was a good idea to do,” he told Metro.co.uk.
“It has helped a lot of people, especially if you have a wobble, everyone has a little wobble. Someone might say, ‘Oh, I’m really finding it tough this week. The routine is really hard and I’m aching’.
“And we’re all sending pictures of ourselves soaking our feet, or with ice on our knees and it helps you take the load off when you know other people are going through the same thing.
“It helps that we help each other out.”
He continued: “We are all in this together and even though obviously it is a competition, we’re not in competition with each other.
“The group is really there to support each other and we’ve got a great little bond going. We’ve all been thrown into the deep end and we’ve all got the same goal.”
However, despite wowing the judges, Will admitted that he was in “constant pain” due to the harsh rehearsals partner Nancy Xu puts him through.
He joked: “It’s like being tortured from the feet up, I’ll tell you. My body’s not used to this. And also I’m not a young man anymore so I don’t bounce like I used to.
“You know when you’re a kid and you fall over and you just get straight up, now I just stay down.
“And I’ve got old injuries from football injuries, so my knees are not very good and I’ve had operations; it’s just wear and tear. I really have to look after my body.
“We can only train as much as we can because if you overdo it, you could injure yourself, and then I won’t be able to make the show. It is hard. It really is.”
His soaring success with the judges and on the leaderboard hasn’t seemed to have run with the viewers as there were calls for the actor to be dumped from the competition.
Before stepping foot onto the dance floor, Will hit back at the claims and fumed: “I’ve read a lot of things about myself over the years so nothing catches me out apart from one person – there’s always one.
“And I don’t even know why I mention it but they were saying I should be thrown out of the show because obviously, I’m a professional dancer.
“Now, I’m not even a trained actor. I didn’t even go to drama school. I wing everything. I’ve been winging acting for 46 years.
“[Someone said] I shouldn’t be allowed to be in the show because after that first dance you can see I’m obviously a trained dancer, which is absolute nonsense.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns tonight at 7:15pm on BBC One.
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