Edwina Currie: Strictly is like childbirth
Former politician Edwina Currie thinks rehearsing for 'Strictly Come Dancing' is like giving birth.
Edwina Currie thinks rehearsing for 'Strictly Come Dancing' is like childbirth.
The former MP - who is partnered by Italian professional dancer Vincent Simone - regards having a baby as the "only experience" she's had that comes close to the effort required to train for the BBC One show.
Speaking on ITV1's 'Loose Women', she said: "The only experience I've had a bit like that at all relevant was child birth.
"I've been doing the dance moves in my sleep. I wake up and I find my fingers are on the pillow acting them out."
Edwina showed off the skills she has picked up from rehearsals so far by getting the daytime show's panellists Sally Lindsay, Carol Vorderman and Jenny Eclair up on their feet to perform part of Spanish folk dance La Cucaracha, but Janet Street-Porter refused to take part.
She instructed the trio to make two points on their hips to create a figure of eight and then imagine they are in an old fashioned telephone box trying to hit the sides by moving their hips in a circular motion.
After the demonstration, the 64-year-old contestant - who is the oldest participant in this year's series - explained she used to be in pain when she first tried to master her moves, but now feels in much better shape.
Edwina added: "When I first started doing that I said, 'Oh, god'. But now that I've been practising for a fortnight I can feel the bones of my hips running smoothly."
'Strictly Come Dancing' hits screens on BBC One this Friday (30.09.11)