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Reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Jowita Przystał has admitted that she doesn’t want to let her partner Jody Cundy down.
The 29-year-old Polish dancer learned that she was paired with the 44-year-old Paralympian as this year’s contest kicked off in style tonight.
However, despite Jody’s obvious athletic prowess, she couldn’t help but confess to trepidation about the weeks ahead.
“I need to admit I’m actually a bit nervous because I don’t want to let him down, but I have a lot of ideas,” she said excitedly.
For his part, Jody, who was born with a deformed right foot which was amputated at the age of three, has his own concerns despite being an eight-time gold medal-winning Paralympian.
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Asked by host Tess Daly if Strictly would be “easy peasy” for him he didn’t exude confidence.
“I’d like to think so, but I don’t think it’s going to be,” he admitted. “I’m a complete newbie at this, I had years and years of practice at the other ones [sports] so we’ll see what happens…let’s shoot for the stars!’
Jowita faces extra pressure this year as the current champion having lifted the coveted Glitterball Trophy with Hamza Yassin.
They beat Morning Live presenter Helen Skelton, EastEnders star Molly Rainford and new Strictly It Takes Two presenter Fleur East to the title.
Hamza broke down in tears in disbelief when they were announced as winners.
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Jody recently revealed that his experience of dancing to date involves “shuffling away from the dancefloor at any given opportunity”.
“It [Strictly] is the one opportunity to kind of get out there and change that,” he confessed.
“It should be a lot of fun. That’s the main bit. I want to go out there with a big smile on my face and enjoy every moment of it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance so jump both feet in and see where we go,” he said.
He also admitted he has a very sweet reason for wanting to learn to trip the light fantastic as he wants to be able to dance with his children.
“I’m literally the last one on [to] the dancefloor. But the kids dance around in the kitchen with my fiancée and stuff, and I just look at it and say ‘I wish I could get up and join them’.”
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