Jacqui Smith, 57, is understood to the nation as the previous Labour Home Secretary (2007-2009), in addition to serving as MP to Redditch from 1997 to 2010. She misplaced her seat in 2010 to Conservative candidate Karen Lumley.
“We’re in correct coaching now for the primary reside dance, which goes to be occurring per week on Saturday.
“So we’ve really recorded the present that’s going out tomorrow and all that I can say is my dancing is already higher than it is going to be on the present tomorrow.”
But she is discovering it bodily tiring, and stated: “The primary use of alcohol so far as I’m involved in the mean time is rubbing it into my aching toes as a result of my poor previous physique is taking a battering.
“But I’ve to say, even the kids on the present are additionally bodily struggling, so it’s not simply us oldies who’re beneath the cosh.
Jacqui joins 11 different movie star hopefuls on Strictly Come Dancing this yr.
Eastenders actress Maisie Smith, boxer Nicola Adams, radio presenter Clara Amfo, singer HRVY, actuality TV star Jamie Laing, The Wanted singer Max George, NFL participant Jason Bell, GMB presenter Ranvir Singh, actress Caroline Quentin, comic Bill Bailey and Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers make up the remainder of the group.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman proceed as hosts, with Zoe Ball presenting It Takes Two.
Judges this yr are Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, and Craig Revel Horwood, with Bruno Tonioli becoming a member of remotely for Sunday’s exhibits.