Monday 27 March 2017

Louise Redknapp: 'Strictly will be my one last shot for dance shoes and a few jazz hands'

Louise Redknapp at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Louise Redknapp at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Louise Redknapp signed up for Strictly Come Dancing in the hope of filling a void in her life.

The 41-year-old formerly enjoyed fame as a member of platinum-selling girl band Eternal from 1993 to 1995, before leaving to launch a successful solo career. She left that behind to concentrate on her personal life though, and is mother to sons Charles, 12, and Beau, seven, with husband Jamie.

However, as she gears up to compete for the Glitterball trophy on this year's (16) Strictly, Louise admitted she's more than a little excited about the prospect of performing again.

"When you've grown up as a performer and you've been in the music industry and you've played at Wembley and you've done concerts everywhere, it's all about performing," she told Digital Spy.

"When all of the sudden that's taken away from you there's quite a big void of something you love to do and you don't quite get the same buzz of performing in the lounge in front of your kids! I think just getting back out there and having the opportunity to perform to music is what I'm most looking forward to."

While many people enjoy a career comeback after appearing on Strictly, Louse insists she's not interested in that.

"I'm quite happy with my life and I don't want to do loads more, I'm happy with my business, my kids, my everything else, so I think it's just about having one last shot at putting on the dance shoes and a few jazz hands!" she smiled.

The celebrities have yet to find out who their professional dance partners are, with the pairings being announced on the launch show on Saturday night (03Sep16).

But Louise is hoping she gets the best possible partner, as she is seriously hoping to win the contest.

"I'd love somebody who I can feel really comfortable with, somebody that can support me and won't be really angry if I go wrong," she said.

"I'm really hard-working and I'm not a 'let's all mess around' type person. I'm a mum, I've got my husband at home, I'll want to go and get on with the job in hand and I'll want to learn what I need to do and I'll do it to the best of my ability."

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