Meet Strictly Come Dancing couple Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani

The Wanted singer has potential but he's going to struggle with "the sexy bits" - says his professional partner Aliona

Former The Wanted band member Jay McGuiness is a little nervous about his first Strictly Come Dancing performance. But at least the 25-year-old, who was visibly shaky during the launch show, has professional Aliona Vilani by his side now. 

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“I got your back, you’ve got mine,” says Vilani. 

“I’m going to work hard to make sure you get as far as you deserve,” adds the singer. 

The only thing that might hold them back from that glitterball trophy – says Vilani – is “the sexy bits”.

“Jay has got a lot of potential,” continues the dancer, who won with McBusted’s Harry Judd in 2011. But she thinks he’ll struggle with “the sexiness of it all”.

“I think you are very sexy,” she tells McGuiness. “But you’re going to struggle with being sexy with me. During rehearsal I said something sexy and he cringed!”

⬆ Watch the rest of our exclusive interview above⬆

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 at 9:00pm on Friday 25th September

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