Tuesday 17 October 2017

Daly and Winkleman's fast food feast before Strictly red carpet launch

Tess Daly hailed the high standards of this year's celebrity contestants
Tess Daly hailed the high standards of this year's celebrity contestants

Tess Daly has revealed she shared a McDonald's meal with Claudia Winkleman the night before the Strictly Come Dancing red carpet launch.

The co-hosts have been feasting on comfort food in the run-up to the show's return: last week Daly tweeted a picture of the brownies Claudia had baked and brought to rehearsals for the BBC show - though there weren't many left.

In a post on her blog, Daly joked about the moment during the recording for the show's opening number when she was lifted in the air by the professional dancers: "I'm sure their knees must've buckled, what with me being approximately twice the weight of your average dancer that they're used to lifting... especially after sharing a drive-through McDonald's with Claudia the night before!"

Daly also wrote about the high standard among this year's crop of celebrity contestants, admitting: "T his has never happened before in 11 years of doing the show - I actually mistook a couple of the celebs for professional dancers whilst watching them rehearse."

Hailing the " great mixture of personalities; the bold, the bling and the beautiful", she revealed: "Unusually, the men seem a lot more nervous than the ladies this time around."

:: Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One on Saturday at 7.15pm.

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