‘We had a baby!’

Oh my God we had a baby! Well, I say “we” but Ashley’s girlfriend had a baby. I feel like I went through it as well, though!

Ashley has done really well with his Strictly training this week, considering. On Tuesday he phoned to say that he couldn’t come into training as his baby was being born. Everyone is healthy and happy and I think he’s glad his baby has arrived as he can concentrate more now. His mind must have been all over the place, but every time he comes into training he gives 100 per cent.




We managed to find time to train this week and we’ve got three lifts in our American Smooth routine. I must admit that I was nervous about the lifts as I didn’t think he would be one of the strongest guys.

I think he has been trying to match James’s muscles. I think there is a bit of competition and he doesn’t want James to know he has been going to the gym!

We are both so glad we got the week one nerves out of the way. To be the first dancers on the first Friday… it was awful. I just got a hot flush, went sweaty and my legs were shaking. This is my eighth series of Strictly and it doesn’t get any easier. You think you’d get used to the nerves but you don’t.

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