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Ellie Simmonds explains how she'll adapt Strictly routines

Her partner's identity remains a secret, but the athlete revealed how the dances have been adjusted.

Ellie Simmonds on Strictly Come Dancing
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Published: Wednesday, 21st September 2022 at 7:00 am
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Excitement is at an all time high for Strictly Come Dancing, with the Strictly 2022 contestants set to take to the dance floor once again later this month, including Ellie Simmonds.

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The Paralympic champion swimmer and broadcaster was announced as one of the celebs taking part in this year's competition, and though details about her pro partner have been kept tightly under wraps, the star opened up about the adjustments they've had to make to the dances.

"He’s never danced this with anyone with dwarfism before and I've never ever danced before in my life," she explained during a chat with RadioTimes.com and other press.

"So we said to each other we're just gonna see how it is, you know, adapt. Like if I have to hold him differently, I'll hold him differently. It might be so different but I think if I can do it, which is completely out of my comfort zone, people watching from home can realise they can adapt.

"Like dancing is for all, isn't it? We all dance, we love to go out on a disco night, you know, letting our hair down, dancing in the kitchen."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 10: Paralympics GB gold medallist swimmer Ellie Simmonds poses with her medals before attending a reception for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes, hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron on September 10, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people waving British flags lined the streets of London earlier on Monday for the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes, to toast the athletes behind the country's unprecedented summer of sporting success. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Ellie Simmonds. Getty

The Paralympian also revealed how changes have been made to make participating in the show accessible for her.

She explained: "I was able to get around the studio just to make sure that things will work for me. They've given me even something simple like lower rails so I can put my outfits on. We get a physio support, psychology support, it's [got] the best inclusivity and support that I've ever been on."

Simmonds will be joined on the dance floor by a slew of famous faces, including Richie Anderson, Jayde Adams, Tyler West, Ellie Taylor, Tony Adams MBE, Fleur East and Hamza Yassin.

Additional reporting by Lauren Morris.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One at 6:10pm on Saturday 17th September. Find something to watch with our TV Guide or visit our Entertainment hub for all the latest news.

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