Debbie McGee slams Strictly critics
3 December 2017 - 10:00 AM

Debbie McGee slams Strictly critics

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Debbie McGee has hit back at her critics who say she has an unfair advantage on "Strictly Come Dancing" because she trained in ballet when she was younger.

The 59-year-old star - who has been wowing both the judges and the public with her energetic routines with Giovanni Pernice on the show - finds it so frustrating when people say her dancing background gives her the edge.

She said: "People say that really have no understanding of dance. When I did ballet, I stopped as a dancer when I was about 23. That training in a way is a disadvantage because the muscles were trained differently. I haven't done that for over 30 years. It's a bit like a footballer who gives up in his twenties, then asking him when he's in his sixties to go and be in a football match. Or an athlete to go and run a marathon - you can't. The technique is so different.

"People keep saying to me I make it look so easy on a Saturday. They don't realise the training that I put in during the week, and how awful I am on Monday - and the progress I make between a Monday and a Saturday. You need to ask Giovanni. I feel exasperated for him. I'm sure every Monday he thinks, "She's never going to get this" and "She's never going to get the techniques". But I work at it until I've got it."

And Debbie has also poured cold water on the rumours she is anything more than friends with Giovanni.

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She told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "For a woman of my age, it was very flattering people think that there might be more. I do have a little chuckle to myself. We have the greatest working partnership. We do have chemistry, we're great mates and I think that's more special than if there was anything else going on. People want me to be in a relationship with him, and I'm really sorry to disappoint them."

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