BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Kym Marsh ‘living the dream’ as show makes ‘amazing’ return

Strictly Come Dancing duo Kym Marsh and dance partner Graziano Di Prima are thrilled to have made it to the prestigious Blackpool week

Strictly stars Kym Marsh and and dance partner Graziano Di Prima say they are “living the dream” as they prepare for Blackpool this weekend.

The dancing duo have their sights set on the Tower Ballroom this weekend, as the hit BBC One show make their way for the inaugural trip up north. However, it’s not only a milestone for Kym, but for her dancer partner too as Graziano has never danced in Blackpool as part of the show since he joined the cast in 2018.

This Saturday (19 November) will see the remaining eight Strictly couples dance in the infamous Tower Ballroom, the first time in two years that the cast have visited since the tradition was stopped due to the pandemic. Graziano told the PA news agency: “The first thing I said to Kym, when we started this together, the dream is Blackpool and then we see…

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“The fact that in the past few series, we didn’t have the chance to go. It was a bit sad. Finally, we’re going back baby.” 46-year-old Kim also joked that in her dance partner’s excitement, he might “throw” her onto the ceiling of the Tower Ballroom.

Former Hear’Say singer Kym paid an emotional tribute to her son Archie in her performance on Strictly last weekend (Saturday 12 November). The dance was in homage to her son who died after being born prematurely, in a bid to help other grieving parents to talk about their own experiences.

In the performance, Kym and Graziano danced the American Smooth to the song Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. They said it was “absolutely amazing” to get that far, before being voted by the public to stay another week in the competition.

The judges praised her “fragility” and “vulnerability” in the performance, handing the couple a high score of 31 out of a possible 40. Although a mistake in the routine nearly cost her a place in the show, Kym stated that the dancing competition has made her realise how much more “stronger” she is.

She said: “I’m someone who (thinks I) can’t do something (but) if I push myself I can. I’m stronger than I think I am.”

Kym, who is also famed for her role as Michelle Connor in Coronation Street said: “I think you know, you always take week by week, but the closer you get to Blackpool, the more you want to be there. And I think that’s where we’re at now.”

She also said: “I’m very shocked to still be here and absolutely delighted.”

The actress is currently playing a dinner lady in the upcoming series of Waterloo Road and whilst she’s been filming the BBC programme, Kym claims her co-stars cannot “laughing” at her as she dances on set.

She said: “I was on set, the other day…I just turned around, I’m in my own world, I was doing (the) steps like (doing a) dance around the corner, and everyone was staring. Everyone was looking at me…They knew what I was doing.

“They were just laughing at me because I’m just doing it constantly. Or sometimes I’ll be in my own world thinking about the steps and they’re like ‘Are you okay, oh you’re just doing the dance in your head’.”

The remaining eight couples will take to the dancefloor at Blackpool Tower on Saturday November 19 at 7.45pm, with the results show on Sunday November 20 at 7.20pm on BBC One.

  • 08:51, 15 NOV 2022

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