Victoria Pendleton excited for Strictly

Victoria Pendleton at the launch

Victoria Pendleton at the launch

Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton can't wait to start training for 'Strictly Come Dancing' and insists there are "no expectations" for her to do well.

Victoria Pendleton can't wait to start training for 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The Olympic cycling champion - who retired from the sport after winning a gold and silver medal at London 2012 - is one of the celebrities taking part in this year's series and she admits she's very excited about hitting the ballroom.

Speaking at the official launch of the BBC One show last night (11.09.12), she said: "I'm so excited. I'm really looking forward to it, even the training. There are no expectations so I'm just going to give it my best.

"I haven't had any dance experience so I'm not expecting to get too far ahead."

Model Jerry Hall is another star taking part and she admits it's going to be quite a challenge for her.

Jerry - the ex-wife of Rolling Stones legend Sir Mick Jagger - said: "I love the dancing! I hope my partner is going to be tall and handsome.

"Getting my feet to do what I'd like them to do will be quite the challenge, but learning the dancing is very hard work."

Ballerina Darcy Bussell is the show's new judge and she says she'snot afraid to criticise a contestant.

She said: "I know what it's like so if I feel the contestants are not up to par, I am going to tell them. Some people have potential and I want them to reach that, and I'm going to be upset if they don't, so I have to tell them that.

"I'm looking for an all-round performer that has entertainment value as well; it's not just about their dancing skills."

Other celebrities taking part include Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, Fern Britton, Sid Owen and Louis Smith.

The launch show will air on Saturday (15.09.12).


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