Meet Strictly Come Dancing couple Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev

"You can't have enough bling in life, frankly," the BBC Breakfast weather presenter tells RadioTimes.com

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Carol Kirkwood has swapped weather reports in chilly and wind-swept locations for the Strictly Come Dancing costume department. And it’s fair to say she’s enjoying herself…

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“I love the glitter. I love the sequins. I love the big everything. I love the big hair, the masses of make-up, the false eyelashes… sparkly shoes. You can’t have enough bling in life, frankly,” she tells RadioTimes.com. 

When it comes to the dancing itself, she’s not as comfortable, though. She says her main weakness is “My feet. Seriously.” 

“When I do my regular job, which is the weather, I actually have a photographic memory and I’ve trained myself to do that over the years. I read something and I’ve got it. But with dance, it’s frustrating for me just now because I haven’t got it. And I’m a perfectionist and I want to do it well.”

Carol is quick to admit that she’s a serious Strictly fan – “I’ve been watching it since series one” – as well as a keen follower of her professional partner: “I’m a Pasha fan!”

And when it comes to the competition itself, it seems she’s keen to do him proud. 

“I’m sure there will be those that will be better than I will be but if I feel leaving I’ve given it my best shot, I’ve not let Pasha down, I will be one happy bunny.”

⬆ 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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