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Strictly under fire from viewers over ‘cruel’ treatment of contestant


Strictly Come Dancing viewers have accused the show of “setting up” Nina Wadia.

Those watching the show on Saturday night, which was the launch episode, saw EastEnders star Nina partnered up with Neil Jones.

Nina told viewers: “I cannot wait to get stuck in and find out what my first dance is.”

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But she soon discovered she was doing the samba during the opening week.

“I can’t believe Nina is doing the SAMBA week 1…. That’s just cruel #Strictly,” one fumed.

“Nina and Neil getting the Samba the dance of death on week one,” another admitted.

When asked how she felt about being “strictlyfied”, when contestants are given makeovers and dressed in extravagant costumes for the show, she said: “I hate it. I’m very much a T-shirt and jeans girl.

“I do get dressed up for things I have to do, if I make TV appearances or if the character I play in, something demands it.

“For example, when I played Zainab in EastEnders I was like, ‘Don’t worry about hair and make-up, just make Zainab as plain as possible’ because I don’t like sitting in the make-up chair for too long, I don’t like people pulling on my hair and shiny things just scratch me and irritate me.

“So this is the best show for me to be on isn’t it, really?”

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CBBC host Rhys Stephenson will be the first celebrity professional dancer Nancy Xu has been paired up with on the show.

Australian professional dancer Dianne Buswell returns to the ballroom, this year paired with comedian Robert Webb.

Italian professional dancer Giovanni Pernice will take to the dancefloor with EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, who will be the first deaf contestant to appear on the programme.

Aljaz Skorjanec will be helping Dragon’s Den star and entrepreneur Sara Davies to swap business for the ballroom.

Professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova is reunited with a celebrity partner this year with BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker.

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