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'Strictly Come Dancing': Debbie McGee Hits Back At Claims She's Too Experienced For Competition

She was a trained ballet dancer many years ago.

28/09/2017 13:37 | Updated 28 September 2017

Debbie McGee has defended herself from accusations she has too much dance experience to appear on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

The former magician’s assistant trained as a ballet dancer many years ago, which some ‘Strictly’ fans complained put her at an advantage over other contestants who don’t have a dance background. 

This criticism only intensified after her Paso Doble during last Saturday’s (23 September) live show earned her 30 points out of a possible 40, putting her at second place on the leader board. 

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However, during an appearance on Thursday’s ‘This Morning’, Debbie insisted her ballet days were a long time ago, claiming mastering the ballroom routines are a completely different discipline.

“I had ballet training over 30 years ago, it’s so opposite to anything I have ever done,” she told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.  

“The thing is, it’s so different to ballroom and Latin. I’ve never done anything like this. 

“I danced over 30 years ago, I would describe it as a bit like if you asked a footballer to go and do something else 30 years later. 

“It’s a completely different muscle, when you’re older, any muscle that stayed a bit trained from 30 years ago I’ve now got to untrain that, which is hard,” she added.

This weekend, Debbie and her partner Giovanni Pernice will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to ‘She’s Always A Woman’ by Billy Joel.

You can catch them in action on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One. 

‘This Morning’ airs weekdays at 10.30pm on ITV. 

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