Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Reid battling to remember routines

Susanna Reid has revealed she has had to write down all of her dance steps

Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Susanna Reid has admitted she is struggling to memorise her steps - and has to write everything down.

The BBC Breakfast presenter has also said she is feeling "petrified" at the prospect of making her debut on the live show when the series kicks off on Friday.

Reid, 42, claimed she was feeling like she was out of her depth with the demands of the routines she was rehearsing with professional partner Kevin Clifton.

She said: "I find it really hard to remember the steps because it is not in my nature to memorise movements.

"I'm very much about the words and remembering words and images so I'm finding that I'm having to write everything down.

"At this stage I am petrified about that live show - there is so much to do - but also a little bit excited about it. But to be honest there's a lot of hard work between here and there."

Reid is among 15 celebrities taking part in the new series, who include model Abbey Crouch, broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

She went on: " Kevin's been really patient. I remember things for about five minutes. I'm like a goldfish going round in a bowl. I'll remember them and then on the next circuit I'll be like 'what's next?'. Dancing is something I haven't done for a very long time outside of a club.

"It's very complicated, it's technically sophisticated. It's fast, it's furious. I feel I'm in out of my depth frankly."

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