Russell Grant loses 8lb in Strictly rehearsals

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Russell Grant

Russell Grant

Russell Grant has lost 8lbs since he began rehearsals with his dance partner Flavia Cacace for 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

ussell Grant has lost 8lbs since rehearsals started for 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The astrologer - who has shed 10 stone since 2009 after he decided to act when his weight ballooned to 25 stone - has been practicing hard with his dance partner Flavia Cacace and as well as mastering his moves, Russell has also seen a benefit to his ever-decreasing waistline.

A source exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Russell is thrilled with his weight loss. He's already shifted an incredible amount of pounds but he is delighted to see his waist shrink even further. He's training really hard and can see a slimmer man in his future if he lasts in the competition."

The 60-year-old stargazer is extremely excited to be dancing on the BBC One ballroom show - which kicks off with its live performances next week - and is hoping he can go far in the competition.

Although famous for his astrology, Russell started his career in musical theatre and after putting on a series of productions in Wales last year he sees 'Strictly' as a continuation of his new career path.

The source added: "'Strictly' has all the hallmarks of a great musical - the songs, the sparkly outfits, the glamour and of course the dancing! Russell is a naturally flamboyant person and the show perfectly suits his personality.

"He is quietly confident he could go far and that the show could lead to opportunities on stage for him."

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