Rachel Riley struggling with Strictly Come Dancing routine

'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant Rachel Riley is blaming her "ridiculously rubbish brain" for her failure to master the steps to the waltz

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Rachel Riley is struggling to learn her 'Strictly Come Dancing' routine because of her "two left feet".

The 'Countdown' co-host is finding it tricky to take her professional partner Pasha Kovalev's tips on board during rehearsals ahead of her debut performance on the BBC One show later this month, and she is blaming her "ridiculously rubbish brain" for her failure to master the steps.

The mathematics genius said: "The two left feet are less in play than my ridiculously rubbish brain, which is quite ironic.

"Not what I thought would happen for my first evening. As soon as I start thinking about anything the rest of it goes.

"Stop thinking, that's the key. Stop thinking and it will be all alright. Possibly."

While Rachel was initially delighted to find out she and Pasha will be performing the waltz for her first dance on the competition, she admits the routine's steps are much trickier than she thought they would be.

Speaking on a video posted on the BBC's 'Strictly' blog, she added: "I walked into the training room on my first day of 'Strictly Come Dancing' training, saw Pasha and he told me that our first day was going to be the waltz.

"I was really pleased because I was hoping for something slow that I could hold onto him, start me off gently. But it turns out it isn't actually that gentle.

"I thought the waltz was going to be kind of a gentle way to start off because it looks really smooth and it looks effortless.

"But it only looks effortless if you're doing it properly and to make it look effortless there's so many things to worry about."

Despite her initial struggles, Rachel is fourth favourite to win the competition with 888sport.com at odds of 13/2.

She faces stiff competition to land the Glitterball Trophy with former 'Coronation Street' beauty Natalie Gumede hot favourite at 5/2, while 'Hollyoaks' hunk Ashley Taylor-Dawson is second favourite at 7/2 and newsreader Susanna Reid makes up the top three at 5/1.

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