Susanna Reid feels like a goldfish on Strictly Come Dancing

Susanna Reid feels like a "goldfish going round in a bowl" while rehearsing for 'Strictly Come Dancing' and admits she is struggling to learn her "complicated" jive routine

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Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid feels like a "goldfish going round in a bowl" while training for 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 42-year-old newsreader is struggling to remember her "complicated" jive routine ahead of the first live show later this month, and joked she feels like one of the freshwater fish - which are thought to have a memory span of just three seconds, despite that being a common myth - while she is rehearsing.

Speaking on a video posted on the BBC's 'Strictly' blog, Susanna - who is partnered by professional dancer Kevin Clifton - said: "Kevin's been really patient. I remember things for about five minutes ... I'm like a goldfish going round in a bowl.

"I'll remember them and then on the next circuit I'll be like, 'What's next?'

"Dancing is something I haven't done for a very long time outside of a club. It's very complicated, it's technically sophisticated. Day one has been really hard - we've been learning the jive and it's so tricky."

While admitting she is "petrified" about her first performance, Susanna has remained in good spirits and is looking forward to appearing on the show.

She said: "See that comfort zone over there, that's mine ... and I'm over here. I feel out of my depth.

"A this stage I am petrified about that live show. There is so much to do, but I also feel a little bit excited about it."

Despite her nervousness, Kevin thinks she is being too hard on herself and is confident she will shine on the night.

He added: "I'm really enjoying dancing with Susanna even though we've only done one day so far. I think she's really enthusiastic. She really wants to learn which is all brilliant."

"She's very hard on herself so my advice to her is to not beat herself up."

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