Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace didn't want Aliona Vilani as pro partner

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014 contestant Gregg Wallace has admitted he didn't really want Aliona Vilani as his pro partner.

Which we're sure won't make things at all awkward between the pair ahead of their first dance tonight.

Although to be fair, we're not convinced Aliona was over the moon with the pairing either.

Gregg said: "[Aliona] wouldn’t have been my first choice, as I probably would have preferred Karen Hauer, the happy smiley Venezuelan”.

But he added: "Aliona is very stern but that is perfect. I am not here to win her affection but win her respect. She will not let anything slide."

This evening will see Gregg and Aliona perform a cha cha cha for their first dance, live on BBC One.

And the Masterchef judge is preparing himself for being on the receiving end of some cutting criticism.

“I dish it out regularly and have got to take it on the chin," he told The Sun newspaper today. “I’ve no idea how it feels, but what I do know is that when we dance we are entering their world.

"This is the hardest thing I’ve done, closely followed by bringing up my children on my own, but I’m going to give it a try.

“I will throw myself into it.”

Strictly starts tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

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