Hollyoaks star Katie McGlynn got so used to social distancing during the pandemic, she now finds it ‘weird’ being physically close to a dance partner on Strictly.
The former Coronation Street star, 28, has been keeping her distance from other actors since Covid hit, so the ‘brand new’ Strictly experience has taken some adjusting as she learns to communicate without her voice.
‘It’s literally using my body and with Covid, I have been socially distanced from other actors, so it’s just weird having to be close to somebody,’ she shared.
Katie and pro dancer Gorka Marquez danced the tango to Black Hole by Griff in week one, which she said was ‘very strange’ ‘having to be that close to somebody’ and ‘move in sync’ using only gestures and facial expressions.
‘But I’m just absorbing it all and trying to get better,’ she admitted.
Katie went on to praise ‘brilliant’ teacher Gorka, 31, claiming the pair ‘laugh all day’ and he’s able to teach her in a way that she ‘gets’ after spending so much time together.
The Spanish pro writes the couple’s routine down ‘like a script’ to help the actor memorise the steps using a familiar method.
Katie and Gorka found themselves in the first dance off of the series last week, after their jive to Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U.
They faced stiff competition from Eastenders’ Nina Wadia, 52, who sadly became the first contestant to be eliminated with partner Neil Jones.
Katie said she ‘lost her confidence’ after facing elimination, but Gorka has been optimistic and helped keep her spirits up.
The soap star added that Nina’s exit was ‘brutal’ and ‘really upsetting’ as the celebrities get so wrapped up in the experience, they ‘forget someone has to go home.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns for movie week this week – a fan favourite that never disappoints with spectacular costumes and memorable routines.
Katie and Gorka will dance the American Smooth to Cruella De Vil from the movie Cruella.
Strictly Come Dancing continues at 6.45pm on Saturday on BBC One.
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