Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Judge Rinder gets tips from Rachel Stevens

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Strictly Come Dancing star Judge Rinder has been getting some tips from Rachel Stevens.

The TV judge - called Robert - is one of 15 celebrities on the Strictly 2016 line up.

And he's already been getting advice from Rachel, who finished as runner up in the show's sixth series back in 2008.

It turns out that the pair go WAAAY back.

"Rachel Stevens who I grew up with said try to remember the steps and be talented... that's alright if you're Rachel Stevens," he joked.

Speaking at the Strictly studio ahead of Saturday's show (via DS), Judge Rinder continued: "[Rachel] is amazing; she has always been super talented even when she was little. We used to play as kids; we've known each other since primary school."

Rachel isn't the only Strictly alumni that's been helping out Rinder ahead of his first performance.

"Susanna Reid typically told me just to be nice," he explained. "I looked at her slightly perplexed thinking how on earth am I supposed to do that?"

Meanwhile, discussing the prospect of being the other side of things when it comes to face facing the judges, Judge Rinder said: "I would say [I'd like to impress] Craig Revel Horwood, the only difference is unlike him I'm actually able to raise a judicial eyebrow.

"But actually I like to impress them all as I think they're all amazing. I was a massive fan of Darcey Bussell even before she started Strictly and I've seen her in a number of ballets."

"As a huge fan of hers, I'll be actually quite intimidated to meet her – I'd really like her to say something nice, although I should say something nice as well," he added.

Strictly Come Dancing starts this Saturday night on BBC One at 6:50PM.

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