Susannah Constantine and Kate Silverton reveal justhow they really feel ahead of their Strictly Come Dancing adventure
When it comes to the
art of looking elegant, Susannah, 56, and Kate,
48, have got it nailed.
But along with the gorgeous, glittery and glamorous Strictly outfits comes the daunting prospect of performing in front of millions of viewers in just a matter of weeks. And it’s safe to say these two women are starting to feel the pressure.
Having spent most of her career alongside Trinny Woodall as a fashion guru, mum-of-three Susannah would probably be more comfortable in the dressing room styling the other stars.
And as for mum-of-two Kate – who shot to fame as a newsreader – she’s probably better suited to taking over Tess Daly or Claudia Winkleman’s job – presenting the show.
But here they are – ready and raring to push themselves out of their comfort zones for our viewing pleasure.
Here, they reveal what they fear the most about their Strictly journeys…
Susannah: ‘I’m worried I’ll go first!’
I’m worried I’ll go out first because there’s a good chance I will. There’s only one way I can go and that’s up. My expectation is low, but my hopes are high.
My kids don’t get impressed very easily, but they are really excited. My son couldn’t care less, but my daughters are over the moon, and they’re so happy Joe Sugg, Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope are in it. It’s the first time – because we’ve got those people doing it – they’re actually going to be invested in the show. I think the BBC has been really clever in getting such an eclectic mix.
I speak to Trinny every day, if not three times a day. The first night I was crying, saying, ‘I don’t know why I’m doing this, I’ve made such a mistake, and I’m so bad.’ She gave me a kick up the arse and told me to get on with it because I’m lucky to be on Strictly.
The costumes are so beautifully made that I’m not worried about my big boobs! They’re not an issue. I’ve got too much else to think about. If my body changes, that will be a happy accident, but let me get the fancy footwork done first…
The people are amazing! The best thing is the people. From the word go, we got on instantly. And now it’s building and we’re all texting each other – it’s fantastic. They’re so lovely.
Kate: ‘The outfits are very liberating!’
I’m finding Strictly very liberating because I can step into another space. The wardrobe ladies have this amazing way of – when you turn up as a 48-year-old mum and ask for the biggest frock possible – giving you a real sense of encouragement. It’s not to say that it isn’t slightly petrifying, stepping out in probably the shortest skirt I’ve worn since playing netball in high school. I don’t normally get my legs out, so there’s an element of that. But it’s also very liberating. In the newsroom, I have to wear a certain outfit and here, I’m in the hands of the Strictly gods, so I want to make the most of it.
All my friends who have done the show have all been lovely in their support. People have all said it’s the best thing you’ll do and coming from someone like Denise van Outen – who knows the entertainment business – I think, ‘Wow, that is saying something.’
I’d like to stay in for at least a few weeks so I can learn a dance or two. I’m coming in from a very low threshold…