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Strictly Come Dancing's Gemma Atkinson wants a strong and strict partner

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Gemma Atkinson has revealed her hopes for her Strictly Come Dancing pro partner.

And the soap star is after someone who is tall, strong, strict and also fun.

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So not much then....

Speaking ahead of Saturday's launch, Gemma said: "I’d like somebody that is tall and strong, I’m 5’9, and 11 stone. I’m heavy, that’s a lot to throw around and lift up.

"Someone who’s strict when they need to be but also can have a laugh.

"I don’t like doing things that I don’t enjoy so there has to be an element of fun with it.

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As for her current dance experience, Gemma said: "I’d say my dancing is maybe 4/10 or when I have a drink in me, 6/10.

"I did disco dancing when I was about 9 or 10 years old but as far as ballroom and Latin training goes, I couldn’t even say what dance is what."

The actress continued: "I’m taking part because I want to challenge myself in any way possible really. To be in a sparkly frock with heels on, learning to dance live on a dance floor is way out of my comfort zone.

"Anything to do with the gym I’m comfortable with but anything to do with girly stuff, I’m not. Strictly is the show that everyone wants to watch, you can watch it with your niece and nephew or your nanna and grandad."

She added: "It’s a show that everyone across the country gets behind so I think for me not to do it when it’s offered would be silly. I want to really make the most of the opportunity!"

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 kicks off Saturday night at 7PM on BBC One.