Jody Cundy has praised his fiancée for being an "instrumental part" in his Strictly Come Dancing journey, ahead of his first live performance.


Jody has been paired with reigning Strictly champion Jowita Przystał during this year's show, something he says has been "pretty amazing", and will have his fiancée and her mother cheering him on during his first dance.

Cundy, a decorated world and Paralympic champion, spoke exclusively to ahead of his first live performance with Przystał, and revealed who will be watching his Quickstep.

He said: "I have my fiancée and her mum, they're coming down to support. They're really excited. Lucy has kind of been a really instrumental part in this. She's been helping us or holding the fort at home while I've been away dancing in the studio. It's nice for her to be able to come out, get all glammed up and come and watch the Strictly show."

Jody Cundy explained his fiancée's mother is a "huge fan" of Strictly, and is "really excited" to see him dance on the famed dance floor.

"It's going to be nice to go out there and perform for them," he added.

Jowita Przystal and Jody Cundy for Strictly Come Dancing 2023.
Jowita Przystal and Jody Cundy for Strictly Come Dancing 2023. BBC/Ray Burmiston

Jody and his fiancée Lucy announced their engagement last year on Instagram. At the time, he wrote (as per The Sun): "2022 is done and dusted, I got engaged to my amazing fiancée in New York.''

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Jody and Jowita will be dancing to I'm Sitting On Top Of The World by Bobby Darin this weekend. Talking about their song choice, Cundy told the song is "a jolly number" and described it as "a great song to start the process with".

Strictly Come Dancing goes live on Saturday 23rd September on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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