EastEnders' Jake Wood on Strictly rehearsals: "I'm getting hooked!"

Published Wednesday, Sep 10 2014, 16:39 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
EastEnders actor Jake Wood only officially kicked off his Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals yesterday and he's already "hooked".

Jake made his debut on the launch show last weekend, where he took part in a group dance and got paired with professional dancer Janette Manrara.

EastEnders actor Jake Wood poses with Janette Manrara after Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals - 9 September.

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Jake, who plays notorious bad boy and womaniser Max Branning in the BBC One soap, tweeted on Tuesday (9 September): "So excited for first proper rehearsal today @JManrara. This is where the hard work begins! Bring it on!"

It marked the start of a gruelling rehearsal schedule, as Jake and Janette also revealed their official name - "Team #JanJakey."

The day appeared to be a success though, as Janette called Jake the "perfect student". Is Jake one to watch?!

Janette added: "Fab-U-Lous 1st day! So impressed with @mrjakedwood! Such a hard working man! Excited for @bbcstrictly!"

This year's celebs and their pro dancers are all working hard for the live shows, where they'll finally unleash their talents on the dance floor. The live shows will kick off in just under three weeks.

Taking to Twitter this morning (10 September), Jake declared: "So looking forward to my 2nd day rehearsal @JManrara. Think I'm getting hooked!"

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September.

Jake Wood at the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2014' launch at Elstree Studios - Arrivals
London, United Kingdom

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Find out more about Jake in the Q&A below:

Why did you sign up for Strictly Come Dancing?

"It's something that's completely out of my comfort zone and I like a challenge. It's such a great Saturday night show and my family always sits down and watches it together so I'm really happy to be involved and I think my kids will really enjoy watching me take part."

Have you done much dancing before?

"None professionally, no. I tend not to even dance at a party but I do sometimes dance at home when I'm mucking about with the kids."

What are your thoughts on sequins and fake tan?

"Bring it on! No, seriously I'm up for it all. I've signed up now and it's part and parcel of the show, isn't it? Yeah, bring it on!"

Are you nervous about facing the judges?

"No, I'm not nervous at all. They're always positive and any criticism is usually constructive and it's all for our benefit. I'll take any criticism on board and work with it."

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Check out the full Strictly line-up and pairings in the gallery below: