After Ed's success on last year's series, lasting 10 weeks, Rev Richard says he's had a"very helpful briefing" ahead of his own Strictly journey.
Reverend Richard Coles is a writer, broadcaster and Church of England priest and co-hosts BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.
He is the only Vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single with pop band The Communards in the 1980s, which went on to have three UK top ten hits and the biggest-selling single of 1986, Don’t Leave Me This Way.
On joining Strictly last month, Reverend Richard Coles said: “Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees.”
Now speaking to the Radio Times, the Reverend said of his chats with former contestant Ed: “I had a very, very helpful and detailed briefing with the former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer which was very helpful indeed. Ed gave very good advice and a detailed training programme.”
He went on to tease: “I have extensive dance experience from the nightclubs of Ibiza in 1989 but unfortunately I don’t remember any of it at all.
"I did do ‘Alternative Miss World’ in around 1994 where I played the maracas for Miss Midlands South East.”
Meanwhile, Richard admitted he thinks viewers could be surprised by just how competitive he will be.
“I am a competitive person, although I’m embarrassed of being competitive – so I try and mask it,” said the man of the cloth. “But obviously everything will be revealed on this show, so probably a hideously ambitious diva will emerge!”
Strictly Come Dancing starts this Saturday night on BBC One.