Strictly Come Dancing star had ‘terrible’ experience and party to celebrate exit

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Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Mica Paris has opened up on her “terrible” time on the BBC competition 17 years ago.

The actress and singer, who played soap villain Ellie Nixon in EastEnders, was on the show back in 2006 with professional dancer Ian Waite.

Although her time on the dancefloor was short-lived, after being voted off in the second week, it seems as though that was no problem for Mica.

Despite most people wanting to make it to the very end to have a chance at lifting the infamous Glitterball, that wasn’t the case for the 54-year-old.

Speaking about her experience on Strictly, she told MailOnline the training regime was too intense.

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She said: “It was terrible. There’s so much training, and it’s so intense. You don’t even know if you’re coming or going.

“If you’re a sports person, it can work, but someone like me, who had people dancing in my [music] videos, I didn’t do any of that.

“I used to stand there with a piece of cloth waving it around for ages.”

Although it looks as though Mica’s experience wasn’t all bad as she got on well with her partner.

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She added: “I saw my former dance partner, Ian Waite, the other day when he came to see one of my shows, which was really nice. Ian is great.”

Mica’s confession comes ahead of the show’s upcoming series which will see a fresh batch of 15 stars taking to the dancefloor.

With the likes of Adam Thomas, Zara McDermott, Bobby Brazier and Angela Scanlon taking part, the celebrities have been getting stuck into training ahead of their grand debut.

One star fans can’t wait to see showcase their best moves is 78-year-old Angela Rippon, who is the oldest contestant to take part in the show.

Ahead of the show starting, Angela said: “Having been a fan of Strictly since day one, and as a former presenter of Come Dancing, this will be quite an adventure for me.

“A scary one, considering I’m about to be 79. But I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and perhaps being able to learn to dance the Argentinian Tango!!”

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in autumn 2023 with further details about the air date and start time to be confirmed

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