Former Strictly Come Dancing participant Joe Sugg revealed the one thing he believes might frighten this year’s line-up before their ballroom debut.
In 2018, the 31-year-old YouTuber foxtrotted his way to the show’s final with his now-real-life partner Dianne Buswell, 34.
As the next season of the iconic BBC One dance competition approaches, the presenter of Strictly Come dance: The Official Podcast reflected on his own experience and how he dealt with the task’s challenges.
Joe recalls marvelling at the enormity of the ballroom dancefloor in the studio for the first time, and unable to comprehend how it seemed so much larger on the television screen.
He talked about his nervousness ahead of his appearance and what he thought would terrify the participants if they walked into his prior self’s shoes.
Joe told Metro.co.uk: ‘The thing I found most surprising was going to see Strictly ballroom floor for the first time after seeing it on TV.
‘I found that when I saw it in real life, it felt smaller. I could see everybody in the crowd. So for me that made me more nervous because I could see the whites of everybody’s eyes.
‘If it was way more people, I would’ve actually have been less nervous because it’s then just a sea of people and quite a blur.’
He continued explaining why it was such a sticking point for him at the time: ‘It was tricky to – in the nicest way possible – block out the audience and pretend they’re not there and just do what I’ve rehearsed.
‘It depends what your background is because my background was YouTube, talking to a camera, not really performing in front of any anybody that I can see visually.
‘Whereas some people, their job is on stage, for example, Layton [Williams] – he will be used to that performance which I wish I had when I was on the show.
‘It will be interesting to see how they get on when you actually do that first dance in front of a crowd. It’s terrifying to begin with but then afterwards it’s the best feeling ever… as long as you don’t mess up!’
Joe chimed in with his thoughts on how the current participants were faring throughout their training sessions as they completed the last of their practises before the major event.
He offered: ‘It’s a pretty even playing field. I think even the ones that some people may have their thoughts on who’d be out first or second, I think they’d be surprised at their predictions.
‘So I think it’s one of those years where, It doesn’t matter who you’ve got in your Strictly sweepstake because they all could do very, very well and surprise a lot of people!’
The show will return to viewers’ screens on BBC One on September 16 at 6:35 p.m.
Strictly Come Dancing: The Official Podcast by BBC Studios returns for a new series on September 16 – episodes will be available every Sunday from September24 on BBC Sounds.