Former Emmerdale actress Gemma Atkinson, 34, opened up about her return to Strictly Come Dancing 2019 with Gorka Marquez, 29, as they travelled to their rehearsals. In a series of Instagram stories, she admitted she was a bit worried about going back on the BBC show.
As the two travelled to training by car, Gemma aired her fears.
She said: “On our way to rehearsals… I’m a little bit nervous.”
When Gorka asked her why, she said she was worried they didn’t have enough time to perfect their Strictly Christmas routine.
She confessed: “Because we’ve not got long, maybe another day, day and a half to rehearse together, it’s a hard dance.”
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She then put her hand on her head and jokingly complained: “And I’m tired!”
The couple then erupted in laughter. Although Gemma and Gorka are set to dance on this year’s Christmas special, the pair weren’t paired up together back in 2017, when Gemma first appeared on the series and made it to the final.
The actress was then paired with Aljaz Skorjanec, but Gemma seemingly fell for Gorka during the series and subsequent tour, and they formally announced their relationship the following February.
They welcomed their first child child, daughter Mia, in July of this year. This will be the first time the couple appear on the series as a dancing couple.
Gemma also updated her some 1.3 million followers on Instagram of her Strictly rehearsal progress again on Wednesday.
She posted several selfies with her partner and joked in the post’s caption that she had a sassy comeback for his dance critiques.
She wrote: “When you mix business and pleasure. Instagram vs. reality
“First afternoon of our rehearsals done. The first time me & Gorks have ever danced together!
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“Every time he reminded me I went wrong, I reminded him I birthed his child!”
Several Strictly stars laughed at the post. Strictly’s spin-off It Takes Two’s roving reporter Gethin Jones posted a series of laughing crying emojis.
Strictly professional dancer Katya Jones posted the same.
Meanwhile Gorka shared the same photos on his Instagram and he gushed in the caption that he loved being able to dance with his partner for the first time.
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The dance pro wrote: “The question is… would I be the BOSS in the rehearsal studio??
“First day done!! Love that we get to dance together for the first time!!
“PS: hope the arm lock for the lifts doesn’t translate to Gem as a head lock.”
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special airs on Wednesday, December 25.
Strictly Come Dancing 2019 continues tomorrow on BBC One at 7:05pm
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