For week four of the BBC dancing competition, Max and his partner Dianne are set to take on the American Smooth, dancing to It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jr.
Max’s girlfriend, Stacey Giggs will be able to keep a close eye on the couple as they practise gliding smoothly on the dancefloor, thanks to a camera The Wanted singer has set up in the room.
The contestants on this year’s Strictly have formed a bubble with their partners, as part of the show’s Covid safeguarding measures.
While they are allowed to see family members and loved ones at a distance, Max, 32, and Stacey, 38, decided against it, as they thought it would make spending time apart even harder.
But by installing the camera in the studio, Stacey can keep track of how Max’s training is going.
‘It’s like a little TV screen, I’ve got a portal and it’s HD and it follows you around the room so wherever I walk it follows me. I turn that on so it’s like I’m there. Eyes on me,’ Max told The Sun.
Max added that he also has security cameras set up at home, ‘so whenever my dog wakes up in the middle of the night I get little videos so I can see what he’s up to’.
‘Obviously it’s hard of course and we miss each other loads but it’s just going to make the reunion even nicer, the longer it goes on,’ he said.
Before Strictly began, Max was already spending a significant time away from his loved ones as he was shooting a film.
The musician said it’s been ‘really tough’ not being at home with Stacey and her children, Libby, 17, and Zachery, 14, who she shares with ex-husband Ryan Giggs.
‘It has been really tough because as much as I’m away and working and practising every day with it being lockdown at home there’s not a lot to do. So without me there I guess it gets lonely,’ Max said, saying they’ve been ‘nothing but supportive’.
‘Technically, I can see them, socially distanced, outside, but we’ve chosen not to do that. That’d be ten times as hard,’ he stated.
‘Stace has said, as much as she’s missing me and the kids are and I miss them, she wants me to go as far as I can cause she knows how difficult I find this. She knows I’m not naturally a dancer. I think that’s pretty clear. But I have got a very good teacher.”
Max also admitted that the myth of the ‘Strictly curse’ has never been a concern for him, describing his partner Dianne as a ‘really good friend’.
‘I didn’t even know what it was to be honest. It’s never been a concern,’ he stated.
‘It’s just like shooting a music video or shooting a TV show. As much as it’s fun and obviously I’ve made a really good friend in Dianne, it’s work at the end of the day and a challenge. It’s nothing else than that. So, no, it’s never been a conversation.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday evening at 7.10pm on BBC One.