Mark Wright tips Peter Andre to be the next Strictly champion!

Published Thursday, Sep 17 2015, 11:43 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Strictly Come Dancing is back for another series and the show's alumni Mark Wright has already picked out his winner.

This year, viewers will see Corrie's Georgia May Foote, celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, EastEnders' star Kellie Bright and a slew of others put on their dancing shoes and take to the Ballroom. But before the competition has barely even got underway, former Strictly star Mark already thinks he knows who will come out as champ.

His bet? Peter Andre.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014 lineup: Mark Wright

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Peter Andre, Strictly Come Dancing Official Photos
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'Mysterious Girl' singer Peter will be showing off his moves alongside professional dancer Janette Manrara, and Mark reckons the dad-of-three has what it takes to lift the coveted Glitterball this time round.

Speaking to The Mirror, the former TOWIE star said: "I am going to tip off Peter to win. He is going to do very well. And even if he doesn't win the entire series, he'll still make it to the end."

"The guy is charming," he added. "He's really loved and he's obviously going to be able to dance because he's been a pop star."

Having been through it all last year, Mark knows all too well what it takes to get to the Strictly final. He joined Frankie Bridge, Simon Webbe and eventual winner Caroline Flack in last series final showdown, finishing fourth overall in the competition.

Dishing out some advice to Peter, he warned the singer he has to be prepared to put in hours and hours of hard graft to hone his ballroom skills. But he did add it's important to get enough time at home too, as he recalls being without his wife Michelle Keegan (the pair finally tied the knot back in May) was hard at times.

"I missed Michelle when I was on the show, but it's the same rule for everyone and every job you do," he claimed. "As long as you make sure you get enough personal time so that your home life is perfect as can be, then you're fine."

Peter Andre and new wife Emily holiday in Venice, 16 August 2015

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Peter with wife Emily.

Despite filling his schedule with plenty of rehearsal time, we've no doubt Pete will be itching to see his wife Emily MacDonagh and his children too.

The 42-year-old is dad to Junior, ten, and Princess, eight (his children with ex-partner Katie Price) as well as little Amelia, his daughter with Emily, who is now a year old.

Since confirming his place on Strictly, Peter has said Emily is in full support of him being on the show - even if she has been poking fun at him wearing sequins...

He recently said: "I'm not gonna hear the end of it... [Emily's] already sending me pictures of sparkly outfits with smiley faces at the end."

We're not so sure what he's worried about, after seeing his Strictly promo shots, we think he pulls off the glittery look quite well!

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