Strictly Come Dancing's Katie McGlynn on how 'weird' dancing after social distancing is

By Simon Meechan

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Katie McGlynn says dancing close with a partner has been a "weird" experience after months of social distancing.

The Hollyoaks star has been keeping a safe distance from fellow actors while filming the soap since the beginning of the pandemic, but Strictly's nature as a couples' dancing contest means close contact is inevitable.

She has also learned new ways to communicate during her stint on the show with pro Gorka Marquez.

“It’s literally using my body and with Covid, I have been social distanced from other actors, so it’s just weird having to be close to somebody,” she told the PA news agency.

“When we did the tango it just felt very strange having to be that close to somebody and you kind of have to move as one, in sync. So it’s very strange.

“But like I said, all this is brand new to me so I’m just absorbing it all and trying to get better.”

Katie praised partner Gorka.

“I think because you spend so much time together, you kind of learn what works, how to teach different people and we have the same sense of humour so we laugh all day and he teaches me in a way that I get it,” she said.

“He’s been writing it down like a script.

“He’s super supportive and after last week, I lost my confidence because we were in the dance off and he was so supportive and positive.

“He’s just brilliant, I couldn’t imagine having a different partner in this experience.”

She added that seeing actress Nina Wadia become the first celebrity to be eliminated from the competition was “brutal”.

“You kind of forget that somebody has to go home,” she said.

She added she was “really upset” to see Wadia leave.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One.

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