Meet Strictly Come Dancing couple Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko

"Season 14, when they get the trophy, there will be a little sign on it: Gleb and Anita," says new professional Gleb Savchenko

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Anita Rani reckons this year could be the toughest competition in the show’s history.

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“They are all amazing this year,” she tells us. “I think this year is going to a really tough year for the competition but a sensational year if you’re watching Strictly.”

As the dancers prepare for their first live performance, the Countryfile presenter is just keen to do her best – “I just want to be the best that I can be” – but her professional partner, new dancer Gleb Savchenko, has higher aspirations…

Asked how far they’ll go in the competition, he replies: “All the way. This is it. Season 14, when they get the trophy, there will be a little sign on it: Gleb and Anita.”

Can anything stand in their way?

“The fact that I want to throw up every time he spins me! That’s a handicap, right?” she laughs.

⬆ 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

More Strictly news and interviews with all of this year’s celebrity contestants… 


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