Strictly Come Dancing’s Kaye Adams has revealed that performing ‘sultry’ dance moves on the show will ‘test her to her limits’.
The Loose Women host, 59, is one of 15 contestants taking part in the BBC dance show and ahead of Saturday’s first live show, Kaye told how she needed to ‘loosen’ up after convincing herself she was a ‘rubbish’ dancer for over 40 years.
The broadcaster also admitted that she signed up to shake off any negativity over her age, admitting that as she approached 60, it would be easy for her to turn down the programme.
Uh oh: Strictly Come Dancing’s Kaye Adams has revealed that performing ‘sultry’ dance moves on the show will ‘test her to her limits’
When asked what she thought her biggest challenge would be on Strictly, Kaye confided that it was her insecurities on the dancefloor, after always believing herself to be a ‘reserved person’ and a bad dancer.
She explained: ‘I just need to loosen up a bit. I mean, it’s the irony of a loose woman., I’ve always been quite a reserved person. I’ve told myself I’m a rubbish dancer for 40 years and that sinks in and so you have that perception of yourself.’
On the thought of embracing her sexier side on the dancefloor, she continued: ‘I suppose it’s the dances that really require me to, to go way outside my comfort zone.
Dancefloor fears: Kaye told how she needed to ‘loosen’ up after convincing herself she was a ‘rubbish’ dancer for over 40 years
‘I mean, everything’s going to be outside my comfort zone, but some of it is going to be like going to the North Pole in a pair of flip flops! So I guess the Paso Doble and all that kind of shaky, sultry stuff is what’s going to test me to the limits.’
A driving force for the star to really embrace the Strictly experience was so that she could cast aside any doubts that she had that she wasn’t the right age to take part, with Kaye adding that she’s always been envious of those who could move well.
She said: ‘Well, this is the last year of my 50s. It would be easy to say no and you go through all of these doubts in your head.
Admission: The broadcaster also admitted that she signed up to shake off any negativity over her age, admitting that as she approached 60, it would be easy for her to turn down the programme
‘And then you think that Strictly is a phenomenon, and it’s beloved by everyone. It’s an incredible experience. Despite the fact that I can’t dance, I’ve always had a little thing in the back of my head when I see people dancing, and I envy it to a certain extent.’
She went on: ‘When you’re offered something like this, you either think to yourself, why would I do that? Or you think to yourself, why wouldn’t I do that? And I fell on the side of why wouldn’t I do that, and here I am.’
The Scottish presenter will be following in the footsteps of several of her Loose Women co-stars, who’ve offered up tips for her time on the show.
Kaye said; ‘I have had lots of great advice from my Loose Women colleagues, Ruth Langsford advised me to have a “lady bag” at rehearsals because “it can get a bit sweaty”.
Candid: ‘I just need to loosen up a bit. I mean, it’s the irony of a loose woman., I’ve always been quite a reserved person. I’ve told myself I’m a rubbish dancer for 40 years’
‘Judi Love, Sunetra Sarker, Katie Piper, Gloria Hunniford and Frankie Bridge have also been great but the one thing they all agree on is that the key thing to do is to just enjoy every moment!’
Strictly Come Dancing will finally make its return to screens on Friday with its pre-recorded launch show, which will see this year’s celebrities discover their professional partners.
The launch was previously scheduled to air on September 17, but was postponed due to the Queen’s funeral, which was due to be broadcast just two days later.
Strictly’s first live show will be broadcast just one day later, on Saturday, and all 15 couples will take to the dancefloor for the first time.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Friday, September 23 at 7pm. The first live show airs on Saturday, September 24 at 6:30pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
Coming soon: Strictly Come Dancing will launch on Friday 23 September with a pre-recorded show, with the live shows kicking off just one day later
STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter
Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’
Profession: Radio presenter
Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’
Profession: Former athlete
Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’
Profession: Radio DJ
Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’
Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’
TONY ADAMS MBE
Profession: Retired footballer and manager
Tony says: ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’
Profession: EastEnders actor
James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’
Profession: TV and radio broadcaster
Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’
Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’
Profession: Television presenter
Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’
Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’
Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’
Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’
Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’
Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter
Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’