Mark Wright on Strictly: "Learning to dance is a massive buzz"

Published Thursday, Sep 4 2014, 13:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Former TOWIE star Mark Wright will soon be preparing to make his Strictly Come Dancing debut and his love for dancing seems to have taken him by surprise!

Heart FM presenter Mark will be hitting the dance floor alongside the likes of ex-rugby player Thom Evans, popstar Pixie Lott, Blue singer Simon Webbe, EastEnders actor Jake Wood and former Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack.

Mark Wright at the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 launch at Elstree Studios - Arrivals
London, United Kingdom


On the Strictly Come Dancing red carpet show, which premiered yesterday exclusively on BBC iPlayer and the red button - Mark told host Zoe Ball: "I didn't think I was going to love dancing but after learning a couple of moves it's like, 'Yes, I've just learnt another move'! It's a massive buzz."

It seemed the official launch night was a great success: "The atmosphere's electric," said Mark. "I didn't realise how true the Strictly fans were.

"You can just tell how much they love the show, they love everyone, everyone's smiling and they're so kind to everyone, it's great."

We're sure Mark's fiancée Michelle Keegan will be cheering him on, as well as the entire Wright clan, of course!

Mark Wright at the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 launch at Elstree Studios - Arrivals
3 September 2014.


Find out what else Mark had to say below...

How are you feeling about doing Strictly this year?

"Nervous, apprehensive, but so excited."

Why did you decide to do it?

"I just think it's something you can't turn down. It's an incredible show, the best show on telly. I've never danced before, learned anything like this in my life – it's a huge challenge and if I can conquer it then I'll be very happy."

Do you have any favourite moments from other series?

"I liked it when Louis Smith did a backflip. I thought that was very daring. But then again he's a natural gymnast. I can do a caterpillar at best!"

What are your thoughts on the Strictly judges?

"I like them. I'm not expecting to have great comments so I won't be too disheartened when I get bad comments. I'm not really a natural dancer and I know I'll get negatives, so the minute I get a good comment I'll be very happy."

Are you a competitive person?

"I am competitive in certain things, like boxing and football, but I won't be competitive in this. I want to do well for myself and each week that goes on I'll learn a new dance and I've never learned a dance. Maybe if I got to the end and I was in the final I'd be competitive. But at this point I don't feel too competitive."

How far do you want to get?

"Genuinely, if I don't go out in the first three I'll be ecstatic!"

Will the only way be up for Mark? Find out in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing! Launch date: Sunday (7 September) at 8pm on BBC One.

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