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Natalie Lowe: 'Strictly Come Dancing will always be part of my life'

Natalie Lowe still has doubts over whether she made the right decision about leaving Strictly Come Dancing.

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Natalie Lowe hopes to take on a behind-the-scenes role on the TV talent show.

The athletic blonde quit her onscreen role with the programme last month (May17), without really explaining her decision.

But in an interview on Good Morning Britain on Friday (23Jun17), Natalie admitted that while she will no longer be strutting her stuff to entertain viewers, she still foresees a long working relationship with the show.

"I was a part of that world for 14 years. It is my life. It's still going to be my family. I'm still going to be heavily involved. I'm hopefully doing choreography eventually," she smiled. "It's my life."

Natalie also revealed she had doubts about whether or not she'd made the right decision after announcing her departure from Strictly.

"I'm still pinching myself saying, 'Why have you left? Are you really making the right decision?'" she admitted. "But I'm excited to go on to do lots of other exciting things."

Joanne Clifton became the third professional dancer to quit the show earlier this week, following Natalie and Oksana Platero. For the 2017 series, BBC bosses have enlisted the help of three new dancers; Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova and Amy Dowden, and Natalie warned them about the intensity of the show.

"I'm not very familiar with these new three. Good luck!" Natalie laughed. "It's so intense, so full on, it's every day of your life, even when the show's not on it's very much a part of you... Everyone's going to shine."

Natalie joined Strictly in 2009 after years on Australian equivalent Dancing with the Stars, and was partnered with celebrity contestants including former Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle, EastEnders' Scott Maslen, celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, and Olympian Greg Rutherford.

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