Kara Tointon ordered to delay training

Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon has been told to start training for 'Strictly Come Dancing' one week after the other contestants because she has previously won a charity version of the show.

Kara Tointon will start training for 'Strictly Come Dancing' one week after the other contestants.

The 27-year-old actress -who won the show when she took part in a special version for Sport Relief with former winner Mark Ramprakash in 2008 - was given the ban by show bosses to prevent arguments over fairness.

A source said: "Everyone working on the show recognised that Kara had an unfair advantage. Even for those who have danced before, ballroom is a completely different discipline, so the fact that she's got a week's training under her belt might well have outraged some viewers."

The former 'EastEnders' actress - who had 21 hours of training for the charity show - admitted that she turned down the chance to appear on the programme last year but couldn't say no when show bosses approached her again.

Kara - who has been partnered with Artem Chigvintsev - told the Daily Star newspaper: "They asked me to take part last year but I'd just come out of 'EastEnders' and wanted to concentrate on acting. Then when they asked me again this year I realised what a fantastic opportunity it was to learn a new skill. And of course I love everything about the show."

At the weekend, the celebrities taking part in this year's series were told who their professional partners would be.

'Countryfile' host Matt baker will dance with Aliona Vilani, magician Paul Daniels is teamed with last year's winner Ola Jordan and veteran actress Felicity Kendal will step out with Vincent Simone.

Musician-and-actor Goldie has been paired with Kristina Rihanoff, rugby star Gavin Henson will take to the floor with Katya Virshilas, and Patsy Kensit will be accompanied by newcomer Robin Windsor.

'EastEnders' actor Scott Maslen will partner last year's runner up Natalie Lowe, Jimi Mistry will dance with Flavia Cacace, former 'Coronation Street' star Tina O'Brien is to perform with Jared Murillo and Peter Shilton has been teamed with Erin Boag.

Completing the line-up are Pamela Stephenson and professional partner James Jordan, former politician Ann Widdecombe, who is to step out with Anton du Beke, and Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, who will dance with Brendan Cole.

The new series of 'Strictly Come Dancing' will begin with a special Friday night show on October 1.


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