The stars Stepping Out on Saturday nights

Move over Strictly Come Dancing, there's a new dance show in town from August 31. Meet the twinkle-toed couples taking part.
 
 
 

 

  • Brian and Vogue
    Jeananne Craig
    By   | Features writer, Press Association
    Last updated: 23 August 2013, 14:59 BST

    When ex-Westlifer Brian McFadden wed Irish model and DJ Vogue Williams in Italy last summer, their first dance wasn’t much to write home about.

    “It was very brief. We danced together for about 20 seconds,” admits Brian.

    “It was a bit of a school disco dance and then we just did our own thing and danced with our parents.”

    The pair are hoping to improve their dance skills by appearing on Stepping Out – but Vogue isn’t too optimistic about their chances of winning.

    “Our main goal is to not look stupid. We haven’t reached that goal yet,” she confesses.

    “It’s live so you can’t go back and start again unfortunately, which is what we’ve been doing a lot of… We’re not as good as we thought we were, especially after watching everyone else.”

    Meanwhile, Brian insists that sitting on stools for six years in Westlife didn’t prepare him for dancing in front of a nation of viewers.

    “It prepared me for being on stage and that’s about it. We didn’t really dance. We did a couple of routines that made us look like we could dance, but we actually couldn’t.”

     
     

     

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  • Denise and Lincoln
    Jeananne Craig
    By   | Features writer, Press Association
    Last updated: 23 August 2013, 14:59 BST

    It’s been a whirlwind of a summer for Loose Women star Denise Welch and new husband Lincoln Townley.

    After tying the knot in Portugal last month, the pair was straight into rehearsals for the ITV show.

    “It’s hectic but we’re coping really well. We haven’t stopped since we came off the plane from getting married,” Lincoln explains.

    “The cameras were there, the training started, and we’re moving house.”

    Training hasn’t been without its difficulties, either.

    “I have more natural rhythm,” reveals Denise. “If I’d danced with Lincoln before I’d slept with him, I wouldn’t be married to him.”

    But the biggest challenge of all for the actress and presenter was keeping her involvement quiet from her rather loose-tongued co-stars before the line-up was officially announced.

    “I’d been sworn to secrecy. The Loose Women were all at the wedding, and I had to pretend that I didn’t know why this ITV crew were there,” Denise confesses.

    “I’m hoping they’ll all come down and support us. I just think the whole thing is hilarious.” 

     
     

     

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  • Glynis and Michael
    Jeananne Craig
    By   | Features writer, Press Association
    Last updated: 23 August 2013, 14:59 BST

    “It’s the swan and the chicken,” admits US star Michael Brandon, who met his South African actress wife Glynis Barber on the set of 1980s cop show Dempsey And Makepeace.

    “Michael’s informed us all that he can’t actually listen to the music and dance at the same time,” ex-EastEnder Glynis explains.

    “It has caused some tension, it’s been quite challenging. Two people who aren’t dancers, dancing together, is a lot more challenging than dancing with a professional. And we’re at different levels.”

    Surely their acting skills will help add some emotion to their performances?

    “I think that’s the only thing we’ve got going for us!” says Glynis.

    Cameras follow the couples during and between rehearsals – something which took a bit of getting used to for the pair.

    “It’s hard because the cameras are in rehearsals all the time, a lot more than I thought it would be.

    “And I keep saying, ‘Why are you doing more footage, how much VT can you use?’ So I’m slightly suspicious what they’re going to do with it actually, and how they’re going to edit it!”

     
     

     

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  • Oritse and AJ
    Jeananne Craig
    By   | Features writer, Press Association
    Last updated: 23 August 2013, 14:59 BST

    JLS have injected some decent dance moves into their routines over the years (who could forget that pounding heart move in Beat Again?).

    But Oritsé – whose band is splitting up later this year – reckons Stepping Out will still be a big challenge.

    “I’m used to having a microphone in front of me and singing. Just dancing is going to be difficult,” he confesses.

    “We’ve been together as a group for six or seven years and it’s time for us as a band to just enjoy being individuals. I’m excited to be a part of something new with the show.”

    And luckily, Oritsé has his fashion designer girlfriend AJ Azari to dance alongside him.

    “What we’ve learned is that we’re stronger together,” Oritsé says.

    AJ adds: “This is the first time we’re doing something like this together. I did ask him a few months ago, could we go for a Friday night salsa lesson or something, and he was like, I’m not sure about that!”

     
     

     

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  • Laurence and Jackie
    Jeananne Craig
    By   | Features writer, Press Association
    Last updated: 23 August 2013, 14:59 BST

    Interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is a dab hand at coordination. But only, it seems, when it comes to matching curtains and scatter cushions.

    “I’m the blind leading the blonde,” he admits.

    “Jackie [Laurence’s wife of 25 years] is like the Black Swan and I’m like Billy Elliot’s dad.”

    Jackie adds: “Laurence has to have stickers on his shoes, because he doesn’t know his left from his right.”

    Is there a dance genre the couple is dreading most?

    “Can you imagine people of our age doing hip hop? That’s not going to work. That will end up as hip op if we’re not careful,” says Laurence.

    “And coming up from the Cotswolds to do something as urban as that is very weird.”

    But despite their self-deprecation, the couple are delighted to be taking part in the show.

    “We’ve never ever been able to do that thing where you’re at a posh party and you get up and dance, because I’m so embarrassed,” says Laurence.

    “Jackie is fabulous. She can do the splits – I mean, she can’t get up afterwards, not without a winch.

    “But people have asked me for years and years and years why I’ve never done Strictly and I’ve never said yes to Strictly because I didn’t want to dance with anyone else.

    “It’s our silver wedding anniversary present to ourselves.”

     
     

     

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  • Carl and Rachael
    Jeananne Craig
    By   | Features writer, Press Association
    Last updated: 23 August 2013, 14:59 BST

    As a champion boxer, Carl Froch – who’s competing with model girlfriend Rachael Cordingley – should be great on his feet.

    But the dad-of-two says it took him a while to float like a butterfly on the dancefloor.

    “People say, ‘You’re a boxer and you’re up on your feet a lot, which I am, but the coordination to get it together and remember the pattern and the choreography – it is quite difficult.”

    Rachel adds: “Going from being total novices then being thrown into this has been very difficult.”

    Carl is now looking forward to showing off his twinkle toes.

    “I wouldn’t really have hit the dancefloor before, but I will now – I’ve got some moves.”

     
     

     

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