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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Watch Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez in training

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Here's a first look at Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez in training for Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

The pair were coupled up in last weekend's launch show and have been hard at working on their first performance.

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The first Strictly songs and dances were revealed last week, with Alex and Gorka performing a Waltz to (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin.

In this video we see Alex take her very first steps in training.

"I'm a perfectionist so I know that I want to get the steps right," says the former X Factor winner.

Alexandra tells cameras: "I think doing eight hours today and coming back and doing eight hours tomorrow, hopefully it'll sit in my body."

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The West End star then reveals her 'firework tip' from Gorka.

The pro dancer praises: "One of the very positive things of Alexandra is she's very quick picking up the steps so today 45 minutes to an hour, I teach her a big chunk of the routine."

Alex adds: "I'm feeling extremely tired, my feet are hurting more than I've ever experienced in my life.

"I just hope it stays in my head really because it's all very new to me."

Strictly 2017's live shows begin next Saturday on BBC One.

Fortunately for Alexandra and the other celebs, they can all relax slightly as no one will be going home with no elimination in the first week as usual.

However they will still be getting scored by judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas and those marks will carry forward to the next week where one unlucky celeb WILL get the boot.

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Strictly Come Dancing is back on TV with the live shows this Saturday, September 23 starting at 6:25PM.