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Strictly Come Dancing hero Anton Du Beke and I go way back

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Strictly Come Dancing hero Anton Du Beke and I go way back


Much of this year has been out of step but thankfully one thing seems to be moving in the right direction – Strictly Come Dancing is back!

One of my claims to fame as a young teen was meeting and dancing with Anton Du Beke.

I was a champion line dancer but I dabbled in Latin and ballroom for fun.

When the opportunity arose to perform a demo, I jumped at the chance.

I was 14 with four layers of fake tan, a can of hairspray on my head and a smile the size of my extra-large hair bun and I was ready to impress.

My main memory was meeting Anton.

I was young but I knew how to schmooze – two kisses on the cheek, darling, and you’re in.

To this day every time I go in for the kill, I now look at the ­gentlemen’s shoulder.


If he’s wearing a white shirt, I must swerve at all costs.

But for Anton, I was too late.

After I’d kissed him, I pulled away and yip, I’d covered him in my lovely £4 dream matte mousse foundation.

Anton dances like a god but that dirty shoulder was all I could see on the dancefloor that night.

Thank goodness for ­spotlights.

Eek, forgive me Anton.

He is paired with yet another older lady in this year’s competition – this time former politician Jacqui Smith.

I love you and, hopefully, next year you’ll be paired with a wee treat. Me! 

The return of Strictly is showing gender neutral roles on television which is definitely a positive, forward-thinking step.

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It’s so refreshing to see Nicola Adams being part of the show’s first same-sex couple with professional dancer Katya Jones.

They follow in the footsteps of Dancing on Ice, which teamed up Ian “H” Watkins from Steps with pro skater Matt Evers at the start of the year.

Nicola’s boxing background could see her win with a knockout.

Speaking of bruises, Max George has already injured his wrist and, although not an injury, Hrvy was ­diagnosed with Covid a few weeks back showing the risk they are taking to bring us glitz and glamour every Saturday night.

I’m looking forward to them putting on a good show for us over the next coming weeks.

We all need a bit of cheering up.

Hands on approach to cancer

Do you think you’d be able to spot fake news? Are you a sceptic or gullible?

I’m doing some work with the BBC to highlight how important it is to stop and think before you believe everything that’s fed to us.

I know myself how untrue a printed story can sometimes be but do the youth of today believe everything they see?

Imagery, especially stuff that’s shared online, can be fake.


It’s a topic that affects many people’s self-esteem.

If we repeatedly witness images that are edited, we begin to see this as the norm.

A survey asked adolescents if they felt comfortable uploading an unfiltered image of themselves on a form of social media.

Let’s just say the results are distressing.

I like to create a mixture of edited and unedited content across my social channel but I’m also honest about it.

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We can all agree there is a problem here, an addiction.

If anyone has watched The Social Dilemma documentary you’ll understand what’s going on.

So I’ve decided to give you all some homework. Go with me on this.

Upload a raw image of yourself with an honest caption when you can and really engage in the liberating emotions and reward you will receive.

This might not be relevant to most of us but it will resonate with those that need it most.

Instagram filters can be fun but like we say “everything in moderation”.

Let’s not lose sight of real life and the real us.

Strip back your social media and feel freedom

We’re here and healthy and after the last few months, that’s something to be positive about.

But let’s do our bit to keep it that way.

It’s October, which means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and messages about checking your chest are all over social media and the TV.

If you haven’t yet, I suggest you get to it.

Men, listen up.

You too can help.

I’m sure you’d love to cop a feel so get involved and make it fun.

Studies show we’re more likely to do something over and over again if we enjoy it, so have a laugh with it and check out those boobies once a month together.

And, guys, check your own too.

You might find it embarrassing to talk about it with friends and family but we need to.

Check yourself, check your pals are checking – just check!

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There are plenty of websites out there giving a step-by-step guide on how to give yourself a thorough examination.

And they tell you the best time of the month to do it too.

Type “check my breasts” into Google.

Get it done, it only takes a few minutes of your day.

You could save a life – your own.

My mood this week? Happy to be back at work

After two weeks of self-isolation it’s about time I got back to work and felt like myself.

I’ve been to London this week to try to regain some of that glamorous life.

I’m a girly girl at heart and one of the highlights of my job is photoshoots.

I’m working behind the scenes on this one too and I’ve become an expert at creating mood boards, coordinating staff, booking flights, ordering food, I might become my own PA.

I urge you to set a photoshoot up.

Capture beautiful moments with your family in your home, the garden, at the beach with the dogs.

There’s no better gift than great photos which you can share with family.

Receiving them and hanging them on your wall will just add to your best memories, trust me.





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