Greg Wallace surprised by toughness of 'Strictly Come Dancing' training

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 October 2014
Greg Wallace

Greg Wallace

TV chef Gregg Wallace admits he's surprised at how tough 'Strictly Come Dancing' training has been

Gregg Wallace was surprised at how tough 'Strictly Come Dancing' training has been.

The 'MasterChef' judge is paired with professional dancer Aliona Vilani on the show and she ensures he works hard during every rehearsal.

He told OK! magazine: "It's tough. I never realised how difficult it really is. Every step has to be right and Aliona is determined for me to learn the basic steps and get them absolutely right before we go to the next level.

"Aliona is amazing. She's not strict but she is expectant. She expects a certain level of behaviour. I know exactly where I stand. There's no messing around.

"I'm not a gifted dancer but I am a grafter and I'm throwing myself into the show. I've even asked my PA to put half-hour slots in throughout the day for me to practise on my own."

Despite the hard work, the 49-year-old star feels "honoured" to have a place in the competition.

He added: "I really love dancing. I'm the guy who's always the first on the dancefloor. It's such a big show and I thought it'd be a real honour to go on it. Now I've said yes, it's starting to dawn on me how grand it is. I'm feeling the pressure now."

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