Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Bremner's sleep hit by dance panic

Rory Bremner has lost half a stone since signing up for the show

Rory Bremner has told how he woke up so terrified of forgetting his Strictly Come Dancing routine that he prised himself out of bed to rehearse it in the middle of the night.

The impressionist, 50, who has lost half a stone in weight and two inches around his waist since joining the BBC1 show, said it had taken over his "waking hours" and some of his "sleeping hours" too.

He told the Radio Times: "Two nights before my waltz, I woke in a muck-sweat, panicking that someone had broken into my head and taken out the file marked 'choreography'.

"I got up, plugged in my iPod and danced around the bedroom, bouncing off the furniture.

"Every time I spun around, the iPod jumped to the next tune, a salsa. After half an hour of waltzing to a combination of Barry Manilow and hot salsa ... I slumped back into bed, exhausted."

Rory, who scored 31 out of 40 with professional dancer Erin Boag on this weekend's instalment, added: "I've grown accustomed to the pitying looks I get when my wife catches me yet again checking my frame, my line or my footwork.

"You can't help it. The supermarket, the hotel room, the train platform, all become an imaginary dance floor".

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Read the fine print on a contract. If you're not happy with the proposed terms of a deal, renegotiate. Don't be afraid to drive a hard bargain. You may not realise it, but you have a great deal of power. People are willing to pay good money for someone with your intelligence and experience. If you undersell yourself, you will set a dangerous precedent. Someone will ask you to do something that goes against your conscience. Obey your principles, even if it means making an enemy.More