‘I’ve never said it before, I’ve never said it since.
I suspect it happened because when I am teaching I get a response to my comments, and on Strictly the contestants aren’t supposed to say anything back, so I was unconsciously trying to elicit some sort of reaction.
Now I’m on television, I’m far more conscious of my skin than I used to be – I would often leave the theatre with layers of pancake make-up still on my face, but on a medium such as TV, I have to be more fastidious.
Maybe it’s an age thing but I’m giving myself a bit more time and TLC than I used to when I was working full time and the girls were little.’Darcey goes for a classic tailoring when carrying out her Strictly duties.
’Her reputation as one of the greatest British ballerinas of all time was just the starting point; she would have to work hard to win over the hearts and minds of Strictly’s obsessively devoted following.
The programme’s huge ten million-plus fanbase is an exceedingly vocal one that would see through any judge who wasn’t playing it straight.
These days, walking them is one of my main forms of exercise, along with cycling the girls to school – it’s a far cry from the gruelling six-days-a-week regime I used to follow when I was dancing.
That’s why I was able to ditch the word as soon as it was pointed out to me.
In fact, having ordered me to stop, the producers then later asked me to bring “yah” back as a sort of catchphrase, but I couldn’t!
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